US DoD releases strategy for use of digital engineering practices

9 July 2018 (Last Updated July 9th, 2018 11:51)

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has released its Digital Engineering Strategy that outlines the five strategic goals of the department’s digital engineering initiative.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has released its Digital Engineering Strategy that outlines the five strategic goals of the department’s digital engineering initiative.

Announced by the DoD Research and Engineering Under Secretary Michael Griffin, the new Digital Engineering Strategy promotes the use of digital representations of systems and components in addition to the use of digital artefacts used to design and sustain national defence systems.

The five strategic goals planned upon to support digital engineering include formalising the development, integration and use of models to inform enterprise and programme decision making, offering an enduring, authoritative source of truth, and incorporating new technological developments to improve the engineering practice.

The DoD also aims at establishing a supporting infrastructure and environment to carry out activities and to collaborate and communicate across stakeholders, in addition to transforming the culture and workforce to adopt and support digital engineering across the lifecycle.

The set of goals will help address a wide range of disciplines involved in the acquisition and procurement of national defence systems for the US.

“Advancements in computing, modelling, data management and analytical capabilities offer great opportunities for the engineering practice.”

Furthermore, the strategy promotes new and advanced developments to build, test, field and sustain the country’s defence systems, along with focusing on the ways to train and shape the workforce to use the latest systems.

Defense for Systems Engineering acting deputy assistant secretary Kristen Baldwin said: “Advancements in computing, modelling, data management and analytical capabilities offer great opportunities for the engineering practice.

“Applying these tools and methods, we are shifting toward a dynamic digital engineering ecosystem. This digital engineering transformation is necessary to meet new threats, maintain overmatch, and leverage technology advancements.”

The strategy has been established as a result of extensive research and cooperation among the DoD components and academic partners, along with collaborations with industry and professional societies, as well as defence acquisition associations.