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Design Considerations


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Design Considerations

The PM, Systems Engineer, and Lead Software Engineer should address and document design considerations, including all statutory and regulatory requirements in order to:

  • Translate the end-user desired capabilities into a structured system of interrelated design specifications that support delivery of required operational capability.
  • Enable trade-offs among the design considerations in support of achieving desired mission effectiveness within cost and schedule constraints.
  • Incorporate design considerations into the set of system requirements, as some are mandated by laws, regulations, or treaties, while others are mandated by the domain or DoD Component or Agency; these mandates should be incorporated during the Requirements Analysis process to achieve balance across all system requirements.

The DoD has put additional emphasis on the four Specialty Engineering design considerations as well as Value Engineering identified in the tiles below resulting in development of additional policy (DoDI 5000.88) and additional guidance. Select the tiles below and please refer to Section 5 of the Systems Engineering Guidebook for more information.


Additional Design Considerations:

Accessibility (Section 508 Compliance)

Affordability - Systems Engineering Trade-Off Analyses



Corrosion Prevention and Control

Critical Safety Items

Demilitarization and Disposal

Diminishing Manufacturing Sources and Material Shortages

Human Systems Integration (HSI)

Insensitive Munitions

Intelligence (Life-Cycle Mission Data Plan)

Interoperability and Dependencies

Item Unique Identification

Modular Design

Operational Energy

Packaging, Handling, Storage, and Transportation

Spectrum Management




System Security Engineering