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Supportability in Rapid Acquisition

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 20:50 -- jcook

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Faculty Advisor(s): 
Jason L. Cook, Ph.D.
Faculty Email(s): 
jcook@stevens.edu
Program: 
Systems Engineering
Project Title: 
Supportability in Rapid Acquisition
Description: 

Most systems of even modest complexity require a level of support once transitioned to the end user. This is true also of military systems developed and “fielded” to Warfighters. Recent conflicts and emergent threats have created a need for rapid system development and deployment, which in many cases, leads to a reduction in the requirements placed upon a system acquisition program to facilitate the acceleration of product delivery. These “efficiencies” are usually realized through reduction in supportability rigor. They may manifest in reduced attention to technical data management, supportability documentation, configuration management, and design for reliability, maintainability, supportability or producibility.

The intent of this Master’s Project is for the student to apply the systems engineering concepts, principles and practices they have learned to:
1. A “real” system problem of interest to them, their sponsor and their assigned academic advisor;
2. Perform a causal analysis of that system as it relates to the supportability impacts of rapid acquisition
3. Develop an associated SE case study paper fit for journal publication

Key Questions that could be considered for this Paper:
• How does rapid acquisition impact or hinder application of best practices in system supportability?
• How does this phenomenon manifest itself in government and commercial acquisition? What are the commonalities and differences in these markets?
• What lessons from rapid commercial applications (e.g. IT) can be applied to government sector?
• What role can PBL play in such a situation?
• What aspects of current US military acquisition policy and statute (WSARA and DAG) enable or hinder applications of these best practices or lessons learned?

References: 

• Claiborne, B. L. (2004). Performance-based logistics. ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA.
• Berkowitz, D., Gupta, J. N., Simpson, J. T., McWilliams, J. O. A. N., Delayne, L., Brown, B., & Sparks, T. (2003). Performance-based logistics. Center for the Management of Science and Technology, Huntsville, AL.
• Blakeman, S. T., Gibbs, A. R., & Jeyasingam, J. (2008). Study of the mine resistant ambys protected (MRAP) vehicle program as a model for rapid defense acquisitions.

Student Requirements: 

• The student should have a working knowledge of Defense Acquisition, System RMS, and Supportability practices. Completion of SYS645 and SYS640, is recommended.

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