Vehicle Systems Engineering and Integration Activities
Systems Engineering and Systems Management Transformation
Report Number: SERC-2011-TR-015-1
Publication Date: 2011-01-31
Project: Flexible Vehicle System Engineering And Integration
Dr. Walter Bryzik
TARDEC's mission is to conduct full service life cycle engineering support to the TACOM Life Cycle Management Command and the Program Executive Offices associated with it, for all DoD ground vehicle system acquisition and life cycle management. The TARDEC Systems Engineering Group is constantly looking for systems engineering methods, tools and procedures (MPT) to support this mission. TARDEC has found that many systems engineers from the automobile industry have significant experience in systems engineering (SE), but lack experience in some of the competencies deemed critical to systems engineering in the DoD workforce. This research will identify the differences between education needs of system engineers in both industry and the DoD workforce, and develop methods, processes and tools to address the shortfalls in educating SEs in the DoD workforce.
This report documents first quarter progress and second quarter plans for project RT26. First quarter activities initially focused largely on coordination with TARDEC. We held a start-of work meeting, held several informal coordination meetings, submitting a technical and management work plan, and held a first quarterly review. During these meetings and reviews, we agreed on the framework for Task 1 (Identify TARDEC SE needs), the approach to Task 2 (Identify SE Education Gaps), coordinated the content of Task 3 (Case Studies), and our approach to Task 4 (Dissemination). The details of these developments are described in Section 2, Project Status. Plans for the next quarter are described in Section 3, Project Plans.