Survey link: We value your input. Visit this link to access a short survey. https://eval.dau.edu/jfe/form/SV_ePOtI66PnOCGn2K?EventID=758 A certificate will be e-mailed to you which you can use to request the 1.0 CL point for this event.
Date: January 26, 2023
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET (10:00 - 11:00 a.m. PT)
Who Should Attend: Government, Military, and Industry at all levels who want to learn about the tenets and principles of Digital Engineering to promote change and collaboration across DoD.
Speaker: Mr. Daniel Hettema, Director of Digital Engineering, Modeling and Simulation OUSD (R&E)
Description: The Department of Defense (DoD) continues its commitment to Digital Engineering. Shortly after the release of the DoD Digital Engineering Strategy, each of the services developed implementation plans to realize the focus areas in the Strategy.
Digital engineering combines model-based techniques, digital practices, and computing infrastructure, enabling the delivery of high pay-off solutions to the warfighter at the speed of relevance. DoD and the defense industrial base are expanding digital engineering across the enterprise by incorporating it into a wide range of programs, systems, components, and subsystems. DE methods, processes and tools are improving communication, lowering risk, optimizing designs in the virtual world, and shortening acquisition timelines. The DoD and the defense industrial base continue to evolve collaborative, integrated digital environments that guide, orchestrate and deliver the means for stakeholders to access data, functions, and elements necessary to do their job digitally.
Mr. Daniel Hettema will join us to review the current state of the digital engineering practice and outline a vision for the future. The presentation will highlight some of the key initiatives in progress, such as the Digital Engineering Body of Knowledge (DEBoK), DoD Modeling & Simulation Strategy and the DE training credentials program. There will be a Q&A portion.
Mr. Daniel Hettema
Director of Digital Engineering, Modeling and Simulation
Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
Mr. Daniel Hettema is the Director of Digital Engineering, Modeling and Simulation (DEM&S) within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. He oversees DoD-wide strategy, policy, and coordination in DEM&S and promotes the advancement of digital practices in defense acquisition.
Mr. Hettema joined the Federal Government supporting the Systems Engineering Directorate of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), where he championed digital engineering as a timesaving, data-centric approach to development.
He led teams focusing on data management, configuration management, and training. He adopted Product Line Management approaches for engineering data, developed model-based systems engineering (MBSE) methodologies, and established an MBSE Community of Practice.
Mr. Hettema has also served in the private sector supporting the Government, applying systems engineering and advancing the state of digital engineering.
In support of the Joint Staff, he developed models to enable two-step dependency analysis for mission assurance, developed an innovative approach to perform policy consistency checking, and applied natural language processing for DoD-wide organizational alignment.
For the National Nuclear Security Administration, he coordinated systems engineering efforts across labs and developed a stockpile sustainment model to rapidly assess alternative sustainment approaches. For the Intelligence Community, he led teams developing MBSE products including ontologies, meta models, modeling patterns, data exchanges, and training material.
Mr. Hettema is active in the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and has served as Communications Chair for the Washington Metro Area chapter. At the international level, he served as NRO’s representative on INCOSE’s Corporate Advisory Board. He has presented at numerous INCOSE and other systems engineering events.
Mr. Hettema holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering from George Mason University and an M.S. in Space Systems from Johns Hopkins University. He is a certified Systems Model Builder Advanced from Object Management Group (Level 4) and an INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional.