Objective: The purpose of this initiative is to develop a model of the key competencies required for the DoD acquisition workforce to support Mission Engineering (ME).
Approach: The competency model will include skills and experiences necessary to perform the following ME activities across complex systems and System of Systems (SoS) to include but not be limited to:
mission analysis and synthesis
architecture development and modeling
addressing supporting capabilities
overarching mission functions
synchronization of testing and individual system implementation
The output of this initiative will expand the current state of knowledge on SE human capital in-line with the SERC’s human capital research strategy. This initiative will take advantage of the research performed under RT-140, “Technical Report: Interactive Model-Centric Systems Engineering (IMCSE)- Phase 1,” and RT-129, “Conference Presentation, SSRR 2014: Accelerating the Development of Senior Technical Leaders,” which both focus on developing technical leaders in the systems engineering workforce. This initiative will also take advantage of the research performed under RT-104, “Technical Report: Army Systems Engineering Career Development Model – Final,” and RT-121, “Technical Report: Research on Building Education and Workforce Capacity in Systems Engineering,” Army SE Workforce, which focused on Army SE career development. This initiative also will apply the preliminary findings from RT-135, Helix Program, which identifies methods for improving the effectiveness of system engineers. The outputs also may inform other SE workforce development efforts, such as RT-125, Experience Accelerator.
Application: Mission Engineering is the development and deployment of a military capability by applying a mission context to SoS and to complex systems within the Department. ME differs from tradition systems engineering because the individual systems that comprise the military capability (e.g. ships or aircraft) are inherently flexible, functionally overlapping, multi‐mission platforms supported by a complex backbone of information communication networks.