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Title: Using Value Engineering to Propel Cyber-Physical Systems Acquisition
Authors: Alfred R. Schenker, Nickolas H. Guertin
Keywords: Value Engineering
Architecture Centric
Virtual Integration
Model Based Engineering
Model Based Systems Engineering
Software Engineering
Hardware Engineering
Systems Engineering
Functional Decomposition
Design Patterns
Contractual Incentive
System of Systems
Automated Testing
Issue Date: 10-May-2021
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Acquisition Management;SYM-AM-21-077
Abstract: The Department of Defense’s approach to building and deploying software-intensive systems is constantly under revision. In parallel, the tools and methods to model and test architecture representations of candidate products have also evolved. We investigate the adaptation of value engineering (VE) methods into the acquisition of software-intensive weapon systems where the candidate product architecture can be modeled and used to guide implementations throughout the lifecycle. Aligning model-based engineering with VE will accelerate innovation in the development process (De Graaf et al., 2019). When used with a process performance baseline, this method can establish a comparison framework for cost-benefit analyses of alternative approaches. VE is used to evaluate different approaches or processes to improve the end product cost (including future, unaccounted for cost overruns), performance, or quality. We believe that VE can be applied to the development of software-intensive weapons systems as well. To date, the cost to perform system modeling and virtual integration in early product development stages has been traded off against showing early results. The benefits of virtual integration are significant, especially in the long-term value of being able to evaluate system upgrades and changes both while in development and after the system transitions to sustainment.
Description: Acquisition Management / Defense Acquisition Community Contributor
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