Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis: Enabling Early Acquisition Decisions

Report Number: NPS-AM-10-035

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Modeling & Simulation

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Fred Hartman

Title: Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis: Enabling Early Acquisition Decisions

Published: 2010-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.net/files/FY2010/NPS-AM-10-035.pdf

Keywords: modeling, simulation, analysis, early systems engineering, prototyping

Abstract:

The use of systems engineering early in the acquisition cycle is being advocated for programs as a means to add analytic rigor prior to Milestone A. Modeling and simulation (M&S) coupled with early requirements and effectiveness analyses can shape programs and test alternatives prior to costly program commitments. Conceptual modeling and early cost effectiveness analyses are key to revitalizing development planning and early systems engineering, which will enable more-informed decisions by acquisition leadership. Early systems prototyping, coupled with continuous program support and assessment, will enable better acquisition decisions through the series of milestone decisions.