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Two All New DoD Systems Engineering Guidebooks

Encourage life cycle logistics functional area members and our product support managers (PSM) to take a look at two new guidebooks from our Systems Engineering colleagues: The first is the new “…

Two All New DoD Systems Engineering Guidebooks

Bill Kobren
Encourage life cycle logistics functional area members and our product support managers (PSM) to take a look at two new guidebooks from our Systems Engineering colleagues:
  • The first is the new “Systems Engineering Guidebook” also from the Office of the Deputy Director for Engineering, OUSD(R&E), and also dated February 2022. According to this new guidebook, “…the Systems Engineering Guidebook provides guidance and recommended best practices for defense acquisition programs. Much of this information appeared previously in the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) Chapter 3, Systems Engineering. The DAG has been canceled, and this document is intended to provide interim systems engineering (SE) guidance while the Department of Defense (DoD) is developing new Systems Engineering Modernization policy and guidance. The DoD Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), Deputy Director for Engineering, prepared this guidebook in cooperation with subject matter experts (SMEs) from the Military Services, Defense Agencies, industry, and academia. This guidebook is intended for Program Managers (PMs) and Systems Engineers and may be tailored for programs in any of the DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework pathways (DoD Instruction (DoDI) 5000.02). Programs can use the guidebook, along with other acquisition business resources, to plan and execute program SE activities across the system life cycle. The forthcoming Engineering of Defense Systems Guidebook will provide additional guidance on applying SE and other engineering disciplines to each of the acquisition pathways.”
  • The second is the new “Engineering of Defense Systems Guidebook” from the Office of the Deputy Director for Engineering, OUSD(R&E), and dated February 2022. According to the document, “…the Engineering of Defense Systems Guidebook describes the activities, processes, and practices involved in the development of Department of Defense (DoD) systems. The guidebook aligns with the engineering disciplines covered in DoD Instruction (DoDI) 5000.88, Engineering of Defense Systems, and focuses on recommended engineering best practices for the DoD Adaptive Acquisition Framework (AAF) acquisition pathways…This guidebook is intended for Program Managers (PMs), Systems Engineers, and other defense acquisition professionals and may be tailored for programs in any of the AAF pathways. Programs can use the guidebook, along with other acquisition business resources, to plan and execute program engineering activities across the system life cycle.”