Model Based System Engineering (MBSE) Approach for Total Lifecycle Sustainment – Phase II

NCMS Project #: 142095

Problem: New and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), multifunction digital electronics, cyber, and advanced area denial-of-service systems are all contributing to an increasingly complex system for these electronic and software-based systems.  For the DOD, the future threat landscape is becoming more agile and dangerous as our adversaries’ field new capabilities at an increased speed and complexity.  If changes aren’t made in the near term, traditional document-centric acquisition processes may be unable to efficiently field solutions that can keep pace with these ever-changing future threats.

Benefit: Model-based artifacts will enable increased traceability and allow errors, inconsistencies, and broken interfaces in the system to be detected earlier in the development lifecycle increasing weapon system reliability and availability.  The foundations and techniques of this integrated architecture model approach can be used for other end item products in both DOD and public sector projects.  The completion of these tasks will serve as an example to the commercial industry in how to develop a MBSE approach that will be applicable to legacy vehicle systems.  This will be uniquely applicable to ruggedized, long lifecycle, safety critical industries such as mining, forestry, aircraft manufacturing, and medical equipment.

Solution/Approach: Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) offers a solution for such a transformation within the DOD acquisition and development lifecycle process for systems that may be prone to exploitation or attack.  Phase II of this initiative plans to take the lessons learned in Phase I and to move to the next level of complexity and apply it across the Army’s combat vehicle portfolio.  It will examine what happens internally on the vehicle when changes are made to a particular system such as a new communication, power train, lethality or sensor systems.  The MBSE approach will conduct a maintenance concept review and document how changes to a system affect subsystems interdependencies and overall operational system effectiveness and availability.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Improve threat response timelines and readiness
  • Enhance manufacturing and overall product availability
  • Reduce costs of documentation and maintenance and sustainment
  • Decrease unnecessary variation and redundancies
  • Enable more accurate predictive maintenance scheduling

DOD Participation:

  • Army Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems (PEO-GCS)
  • Army Project Manager, Mobile Protected Firepower (PM-MPF)
  • Army Project Manager, Mounted Armored Vehicles (PM-MAV)
  • Army Project Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team (PM-SBCT)
  • Army Project Manager, Self-Propelled Howitzer System (PM-SPHS)
  • Army Product Director Main Battle Tank Systems (PD-MBTS)
  • Army Security Assistance Management Directorate (SAMD)
  • Army Program Executive Office Command Control Communications – Tactical (PEO C3T)
  • Army Project Manager Maneuver Combat System (PM-MCS)
  • Army Program Executive Office, Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO-CS&CSS) (observer)
  • Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) (observer)

Industry Participation:

  • Ricardo Defense, Incorporated
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Obsolescence management and continued maintenance capability
  • Maintenance management improvement
  • Improved readiness
  • Reliability improvement

Focus Area:

  • Reliability improvement (hardware)