Global Positioning Systems ‐ Mission Engineering and Integration of Emerging Technologies
Systems Engineering and Systems Management Transformation
Dr. Michael Orosz
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a next generation modernization program which requires systems engineering research and analysis to determine the mission engineering methods, analysis, and metrics to transition from a traditional DoD 5000 waterfall development to agile DevOps processes, including integration of emerging technologies and related education for the future workforce.
Many DoD programs are struggling with executing agile development processes in the DoD framework which includes Preliminary Design Reviews, Critical Design Reviews, Milestone B and C. Systems engineering and agile development need to comply with DoD 5000 without sacrificing the efficiencies of agile development processes. This challenge is particularly an issue in environments that are attempting to transition from a traditional DoD 5000 waterfall process to an agile/DevOps approach in real-time while also incorporating new systems capabilities and functionality. The need to support both approaches during the transition without sacrificing system quality, metrics and timelines is a major challenge…particularly in an environment that relies on different organizations, each with different levels of agile/DevOps experience, to produce mission-critical systems that can’t fail when delivered. Finally, there is a critical need to develop a workforce training program that covers both development and management to ensure success of future agile/DevOps operations. All these challenges fit within the SERC research mission space.
SERC researchers shall provide SMC sponsor with mission engineering research expertise to better understand the impacts on processes, methods and metrics of agile DevOps in the areas of velocity, security and use of AI and autonomy in GPS critical capabilities as the SMC enterprise transitions from traditional DoD development to an agile DevOps regime.
SERC researchers shall also provide research expertise in emerging technologies and related Future Workforce Education Engineering Research Assessment and Piloting. This effort includes research into future technologies and approaches that will enhance all GPS operations – including command/control, launch and end-user systems.
Required effort includes:
- Provide investigation and analysis of GPS system software – analysis includes review and evaluation of the current information system/software approaches, metrics, and practices – Assessment should identify opportunities for improvement.
- Develop and simulate a plan to transition from current DoD 5000 waterfall processes to agile/DevOps – including support for concurrent approaches during transition. Include risk assessments of proposed transition approach and mitigation strategies. Instrument the transition to better understand this process for repeatability and assessment.
- Provide methods for measuring/monitoring GPS system development during both transition and future development efforts
- Develop and pilot related education/training needs for future development workforce
- Provide software system engineering trades/evaluations of mission alternatives, emerging technologies and recommend execution priorities to improve development effectiveness
- Provide research and engineering support for future GPS system technologies
- Define creative software development processes and solutions to improve development efficiency and effectiveness to disrupt threat cycles. Document these processes for assessment and modeling and repeatability.
- Observe, assess, and provide mentoring to teams developing DoD weapon system platforms and subsystems, upgrading to next-generation GPS products for research validation.
- Provide research evaluations of enterprise, segment, external program activities and higher headquarters direction to support GPS-coordinated deliveries to DoD weapons systems.
- Conference Paper - Non-Technical Sources of Technical Debt and the Software Maintenance Readiness Framework (SMRF)
- Conference Paper - Early Phase Cost Models for Agile Software Processes in the US DoD
- Conference Paper - Life Cycle Resilience Depends on Maintainability
- Dissertation - Utilizing a Model-Based Systems Engineering Approach to Develop a Combat System Product Line
- Poster - RT-137 Ilities Tradespace and Affordability Resource Analysis Based on System Architecture Behaviour
- Poster - RT-137 System Qualities Tradespace and Affordability
- Poster - RT137 ITAP: SysML Building Blocks for Cost Modeling
- Poster - Engineered Resilient Systems: Tradespace Tools Research
- Poster - COSYSMO 3.0: An Extended, Unified Cost Estimating Model for Systems Engineering