Digital technologies have revolutionized industry, connecting us like never before and fundamentally changing how we think and work together and manage activities. In its Digital Engineering Strategy, the Department of Defense acknowledges that it’s time to change how the world’s most complex systems are acquired, engineered, operated, sustained, and retired.
SAIC was part of the team that helped set the DOD’s vision, with our members chairing and participating in digital engineering-related working groups in professional organizations such as the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). The armed forces are all leaning forward into DOD’s vision, and model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is one key, transformative driver of digital engineering.
The Navy, for example, is already using MBSE in acquisitions of new capabilities, such as its unmanned, carrier-based tanker. Navy leadership expects MBSE to:
- Provide better information and understanding of system designs
- Increase the flexibility of its systems to adapt to changing mission requirements
- Improve communication both within and across teams
- Raise the efficiency of technical insertions into its mission
- Improve confidence that required capabilities will be delivered
Having been part of setting the DOD’s vision is great, and now comes the part of executing it. By investing in processes, methods, capabilities, and workforce development over the last several years, SAIC has built a multi-security MBSE/digital engineering infrastructure and team.
Whether defense agencies use our MBSE/digital engineering infrastructure as a service or call upon us to build infrastructures for them, they gain better control over their knowledge bases, program life cycles, workforces, and decisions. Leveraging the analytical threads and knowing the trade-offs of decisions, they can move quickly on design and technical integrations with assuredness.