Background and Context
NDIA formed the Systems Engineering (SE) Division over 10 years ago to address technical and management issues related to DoD acquisition reform and to promote an integrated and balanced approach to weapon system design.
The SE Division has taken on a number of lead roles and major projects in support of key DoD initiatives. It is the industry sponsor of the DoD/industry Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) project, which involved restructuring the previously stand-alone Software Engineering Institute (SEI) capability maturity models into an integrated model. The SE Division hosts the annual Systems Engineering Conference CMMI® Technology Conference and User Group, and Physics-Based Modeling Conference. The division has performed numerous tasks and studies for OSD, the Services, and the Defense Science Board.
The SE Division collaborates on SE initiatives with several affiliate organizations, including the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and SAE International.
The SE Division does not seek to duplicate any significant effort ongoing in another NDIA division or committee, industry association, or professional society, but rather to complement efforts by bringing the activity into the division structure as an affiliate partner. This collaboration magnifies the resources and talent available. The SE Division meets every other month, with its committees meeting on the off month or in conjunction with the full division meeting.