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Joint Capabilities and System-of-Systems Solutions: A Case for Crossing Solution Domains

  • Abstract

    Recognizing the need to succeed in a new multilateral, asymmetric threat environment, the U. S. Department of Defense has initiated a radical transformation in operations to promote agility and enhance responsiveness. The transformation process, as well as the resulting new order of operations, relies heavily on system-of-systems solutions to bridge existing gaps in operations. To date, a pervasive, and possibly detrimental, assumption has dominated the program management arena: management tools and methods that work for single systems apply equally well to the acquisition of system-of-systems solutions. This technical note questions the general assumption that single-system methods are effective in a system-of-systems arena. Taking the position that the field, as a whole, lacks an adequate understanding of the unique challenges that influence system-of-systems initiatives, this report presents a case for the investigation and adaptation of structural and dynamic modeling techniques to the engineering of systems of systems. The report also includes results from a survey of subject matter experts providing evidence that resource expenditures in areas important to a system-of-systems environment are becoming high priorities.

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SEI

Anderson, William; Brown, Mary; & Flowe, Robert. Joint Capabilities and System-of-Systems Solutions: A Case for Crossing Solution Domains (CMU/SEI-2006-TN-029). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7963

IEEE

Anderson. William, Brown. Mary, and Flowe. Robert, "Joint Capabilities and System-of-Systems Solutions: A Case for Crossing Solution Domains," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2006-TN-029, 2006. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7963

APA

Anderson, William., Brown, Mary., & Flowe, Robert. (2006). Joint Capabilities and System-of-Systems Solutions: A Case for Crossing Solution Domains (CMU/SEI-2006-TN-029). Retrieved December 27, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7963

CHI

William Anderson, Mary Brown, & Robert Flowe. Joint Capabilities and System-of-Systems Solutions: A Case for Crossing Solution Domains (CMU/SEI-2006-TN-029). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7963

MLA

Anderson, William., Brown, Mary., & Flowe, Robert. 2006. Joint Capabilities and System-of-Systems Solutions: A Case for Crossing Solution Domains (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2006-TN-029). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=7963