Model for Success: How NAVAIR and Engility are Investing in Their People and MBSE
What if there were a way to get state-of-the-art defense systems fielded more quickly and more affordably? Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) promises to deliver those results, and NAVAIR and Engility are investing heavily in the field. As cited in a recent MIT article (http://news.mit.edu/2018/mit-online-course-model-based-design-transforming-us-dod-navair-acquisitions-0806), David Cohen, director of the Air Platform Systems Engineering Department at NAVAIR, says, “It is taking way too long to develop and deliver the next generation of war fighting capability to our war fighters.” In response, Engility and NAVAIR are sending employees to the MIT program, “Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems.” Currently in its third cohort, the program is churning out professionals who better understand the implications and potential of MBSE.
MBSE gets away from document-based information sharing, instead using domain models. That means everyone from design to production is working off of the same information set without the traditional risks of translation error and lag. Engility’s John Sahlin outlines what MBSE is (and isn’t) in a couple of great blogs (www.engility.com/blog/engineering).
Engility is one of about 30 companies sending employees through MIT’s training. With less than 200 graduates thus far, Engility can claim 19 (with another 11 2019 prospective students).
“We believe in the benefits of MBSE to reduce risk early in the design cycle,” said John Sahlin, Technical Director for Engility’s Defense and Security Group. “If we want to offer NAVAIR the best possible people and advice, we know we need to invest in our people, and this cohort is a great way to do that.”
To learn more about the possibilities of MBSE and its impact on federal government, check out www.engility.com/blog. We peel back the buzz phrases and try to explore the potential of this concept and its tie-in to other fields like high performance computing (HPC).