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

NCMS Project #: 141067

Problem: Historically, system design has followed the stove-pipe approach where design elements are created and integrated without considering the entire product lifecycle and ongoing maintenance and support.  Stove-pipe design can result in multiple similar interfaces being created because there is little or no collaboration and agreement on interface and data flows throughout the entire end product.

Benefit: The benefits realized through this project will culminate in substantial improvements in the amount of time required to integrate, field and maintain emerging technologies on new and legacy systems, resulting in increased material readiness for the warfighter and end clients in public sector developments.

Solution/Approach: The project will move lifecycle sustainment engineering, planning and operations to an integrated model-based approach through the use of digital environments, processes, methods, tools and artifacts.  The integrated model will support planning, requirements development, design, analysis, verification, validation, and operation of the total lifecycle sustainment of a system.  The ultimate vision is to realize a single digital representation of a system, where each subsystem component is accurately represented via models that can easily be traced to the initial set of mission and requirement definitions.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Provides authoritative source of truth
  • Speeds analysis and decision-making
  • Improves efficiencies and productivity
  • Reduces costs
  • Increases warfighter readiness

DOD Participation:

  • U.S. Army Program Executive Office, Ground Combat Systems (GCS)
  • U.S. Army Project Manager, Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF)
  • U.S. Army Project Manager, Mounted Armored Vehicles (MAV)
  • U.S. Army Project Manager, Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT)
  • U.S. Army Program Executive Office, Combat Support & Combat Service Support (CS&CSS) (observer)
  • U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (CCDC) Ground Vehicles 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