System Capability Satisficing in Defense Acquisition via Component Importance Measures

Report Number: NPS-AM-10-072

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Systems-of-Systems

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Brian Sauser, Weiping Tan, Jose E. Ramirez-Marquez, Romulo B. Magnave, David Nowicki, Aghijit Deshmukh

Title: System Capability Satisficing in Defense Acquisition via Component Importance Measures

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-10-072.pdf

Keywords: Systems-of-Systems

Abstract:

With support from the Naval Postgraduate School and government/industry partnerships, the Systems Development & Maturity Laboratory (SD&ML) at Stevens Institute of Technology has successfully developed a systems maturity measure (i.e., System Readiness Level [SRL]) and supporting optimization models for inclusion in a Systems Earned Readiness Management methodology. We now believe it is time to spiral back to the beginning of the original developments of the SRL to enhance fundamental capabilities of assessing system maturity in order to address some recurring issues to its application. That is, systems have variants in their physical architecture that realize certain functionality and capability by which trade-off decisions are made to find a satisficing solution for a deployable system. This paper enhances previously developed methodologies by addressing this fundamental question,