Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Analysis of the Coordinated Implementation of Digitally-Aided Close Air Support: An Integrated Systems Engineering and Test & Evaluation Approach
by Ott, Walter H., Jr., Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2017, 313; 10250347
Abstract (Summary)

“The rise of systems of systems (SoS), increasingly prevalent fiscal constraints, and the continued difficulty for the armed services to deliver interoperable solutions for the SoS environment, highlights the need for a new approach that addresses end-to-end functionality, prioritized requirements, and early and iterative testing & evaluation (T&E) of the constituent systems. The complexity of the SoS interoperability problem requires an approach that simultaneously addresses the challenges of system integration, evolution, and T&E in the SoS environment. The use of an integrated systems engineering and test & evaluation (ISET&E) approach has been identified as a potential methodology to address these interconnected challenges. This paper examines the ISET&E approach used by the Coordinated Implementation (CI) of Digitally-Aided Close Air Support (DACAS) SoS, a joint U.S. and multinational effort delivering prioritized, interoperable digital-close air support (CAS) capabilities. The research includes the results of a ten-nation, 73-respondent survey examining the pre and post-CI SoS, confirming statistically significant improvements impacting SoS interoperability.” (Ott, 2016)

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Blessner, Paul, Olson, Bill
Commitee: Blessner, Paul, Mazzuchi, Thomas, Murphee, E. Lile, Olson, Bill, Sarkani, Shahram
School: The George Washington University
Department: Systems Engineering
School Location: United States -- District of Columbia
Source: DAI-B 78/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Systems science
Keywords: Close air support, Integrated systems engineering and test & evaluation, Interoperability, Systems engineering, Systems of systems, Test and evaluation
Publication Number: 10250347
ISBN: 978-1-369-44387-5
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