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

NCMS Project #: 142188

Problem: For commercial businesses, 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.  As these new capabilities are developed quickly and are more complex it is difficult for organizations to keep pace with changes.  For the Department of Defense (DOD), the future threat landscape is becoming more agile and dangerous as our adversaries field new capabilities at an increased speed and complexity.

Benefit: This initiative will demonstrate improved efficiency in the lifecycle sustainment engineering process, ultimately resulting in reduced development costs, reduced sustainment costs, shortened schedules, and improved product quality.  Project outcomes will be applicable across a variety of industry and government organizations to show how maintenance tasks can be integrated and planned across a variety of legacy and next-generation vehicle platforms.

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.  MBSE, used in this context, would transition away from the traditional document-centric process of maturing a system from initial conception through sustainment into a much more dynamic, efficient, and flexible digital engineering process.  Phase III will continue to develop the high-fidelity model in a Digital Engineering Enterprise Environment and test, demonstrate, and refine it by leveraging use-cases consisting of candidate technologies that address key vehicle platform requirements and capability gaps.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Decrease maintenance and sustainment costs 
  • Enhance overall product reliability 
  • Improve system development process 

DOD Participation:

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

Industry Participation:

  • Ricardo Defense, Inc.
  • 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:

  • Business IT and analytics