Approaches to Achieve Modularity Benefits in the Acquisition Ecosystem
Enterprises and System of Systems
Dr. Daniel DeLaurentis
Dr. Jean Charles Domerçant
Dr. Cesare Guariniello
Thomas McDermott Jr.
Dr. Gary Witus
This research synthesizes new knowledge and data artifacts and uses them to continuously enhance a MOSA decision support framework (DSF) tool. The purpose of the DSF is to guide practitioners in making more effective individual and collective decisions related to the modularization and openness of defense acquisitions. The research will leverage insights gained from (among others) our prior works funded under SERC tasks RT-163, RT-185, insights from a prior conducted MOSA driven workshop, detailed canvassing of MOSA relevant data repositories, lessons learned from programs that employed MOSA strategies, synthetic data and scenarios and, partnered collaboration with programs that would directly benefit from outcomes of this proposed work.
In Phase 1, we will map out the essential needs and influence mechanisms (e.g. acquisition process breakdown, organizational requirements, architecture features) of relevant to our partner program of interest needs. Furthermore, our Phase 1 knowledge discovery tasks will extend our scope of analysis beyond our prior efforts’ scope of early stage defense acquisition lifecycle processes, to now include all elements lifecycle. Considerations will emphasize the technical implications of modularity, as apropos to the context of this research, and relate them to business elements. In Phase 2, we will apply knowledge acquired in Phase 1, to further develop and refine the MOSA decision support framework (DSF), with the purpose of supporting program objectives via MOSA principles.