Systems Engineering Studies

Studies and Publications

  • A Path Towards Cyber Resilient and Secure Systems, April 2016
    Taking a holistic approach to system security requires bringing together multiple communities with rich histories introduces varying perspectives, terminologies, taxonomies and methodologies.  This diversity provides opportunities and challenges for evaluating the security quality system attributes. In this paper, we discuss a path towards system security metrics and measures.  Ultimately, we are committed to providing systems that are resistant to attack and resilient when under attack.

System Security Engineering Committee Chairs: Holly Dunlap, Raytheon & Beth Wilson, Raytheon
Developmental Test & Evaluation Committee Chair: Joe Manas, Raytheon
In collaboration with: INCOSE SSE Committee, Trusted Supplier Steering Group, and Mitre AF Cyber Integration

  • The Business Case for Systems Engineering: Results of the Systems Engineering Effectiveness Survey
    This report summarizes the results of a survey that had the goal of quantifying the connection between the application of systems engineering (SE) best practices to projects and the performance of those projects. The survey population consisted of projects and programs executed by system developers reached through the NDIA, the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, and INCOSE. Analysis of survey responses revealed strong statistical relationships between project performance and several categories of specific SE best practices. The survey results show notable differences in the relationship between SE best practices and performance between more challenging and less challenging projects.
  • The Business Case for Systems Engineering: Detailed Response Data
    This report contains detailed response data from The Effectiveness of Systems Engineering: A Survey. The survey had the goal of quantifying the connection between the application of systems engineering (SE) best practices to projects and programs and the performance of those projects and programs. The survey population consisted of projects and programs executed by system developers reached through the NDIA, the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society, and INCOSE. Analysis of survey responses revealed strong statistical relationships between project performance and several categories of SE best practices. The survey results show notable differences in the relationship between SE best practices and performance between more challenging and less challenging projects. The statistical relationship with project performance is quite strong for survey data of this kind when both SE capability and project challenge are considered together.

  • Report on Systemic Root Cause Analysis of Program Failures. National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Division in conjunction with Office of Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology & Logistics, Systems &  Software Engineering, Arlington, VA, December 2008.