Speaker: Dr. Judith Dahmann, The MITRE Corporation
Abstract: Today most organizational or societal capabilities rely on a mix of material and non-material ‘systems’ working together to achieve desired outcomes – to achieve their ‘mission’. Organizations typically define mission statements about why they exist – their “reason for being” -- and they use these mission statements as the basis for planning actions and investments. Government or religious organizations often form ‘mission’ teams to achieve a set of goals to share ideas or conduct negotiations. Space and defense organizations commonly refer to planned actions to achieve objectives as their ‘missions’ - e.g. US NASA Apollo mission to the moon. In most cases these include a set of objectives and a plan of actions to achieve these objectives. Recently US Defense has started to apply systems engineering concepts and practices to missions in what is being termed ‘Mission Engineering” - the deliberate planning, analyzing, organizing, and integrating of current and emerging operational and system capabilities to achieve desired mission effects. In this presentation Dr. Dahmann will discuss the motivation for employing systems approaches to mission capabilities as an extension and a broader context for application of systems of systems engineering.