Research on Systems-of-Systems Acquisition

Report Number: NPS-AM-10-071

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Systems-of-Systems

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Rene G. Rendon, Thomas V. Huynh, John S. Osmundson

Title: Research on Systems-of-Systems Acquisition

Published: 2010-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: NPS Faculty

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Keywords: Systems-of-Systems


Acquisition of a system-of-systems can be an all new acquisition of multiple systems that are intended to operate together as a system-of-systems. Much more common in the DoD is acquisition of one or more new systems that are intended to interoperate with existing systems as a system-of-systems with new capabilities. In either case, successful acquisition of systems-of-systems (SoS) necessarily depends on effective contracting structures and processes for systems-of-systems acquisition. In this paper, a set of system-of-systems issues that needs to be addressed in SoS acquisition is identified and the current findings in this on-going research are discussed. The findings suggest sustainment of extensive systems engineering efforts within the SoS acquisition and change to the existing contracting structures and process and organizational structures to maximize the probability of SoS acquisition success. The resulting changes will be applied to current and future DoD SoS acquisitions.