Capability and Development Time Trade-off Analysis in Systems-of-Systems

Report Number: NPS-AM-11-C8P19R01-066

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Systems-of-Systems

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Muharrem Mane, Daniel DeLaurentis

Title: Capability and Development Time Trade-off Analysis in Systems-of-Systems

Published: 2011-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: Other Research Faculty

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Keywords: Capability-Based Acquisition, System of Systems, ABL System, Computational Exploratory Model, Development Risk


Capability-based acquisition has led to the simultaneous development of systems that must eventually interact within a system-of-systems (or major sub-systems that must integrate on a single platform). The necessary interdependencies between systems also generate complexity and can increase development risk. Trades between capability and risk are essential during analysis of alternatives in pre-acquisition phases. For example, while legacy assets can potentially provide a certain level of capability with relatively low risk, their eventual capability may be restricted because of some specific characteristic or inherent rigidity. These features create a trade-off space between development risk and capability potential of a system. Existing tools for such trades can be cumbersome and non-intuitive when complexity is high. The authors