Title: Mission Engineering

Authors: Andres Sousa-Poza

Addresses: Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering, College of Engineering and Technology, Old Dominion University, Systems Research and Academic Building, Suite 2101, Norfolk VA 23529, USA

Abstract: There are numerous forms of systems engineering that have developed since the late 1990s. These are focused on dealing with increasingly complex problems. Most of the methods provide improvements to systems engineering design capabilities, the systems engineering process, or how complex problems must be managed or governed. We argue that an integrated approach that balances design, process and management is needed to avoid the pitfalls of working in complex situations. Mission Engineering has been proposed as the field intended to maintain coherency between systems engineering, operations, and the mission. This paper presents the challenges that Mission Engineering faces to overcome the complexities of the problems that it is to address, as well as principles for its development and execution.

Keywords: mission engineering; systems engineering; complexity; design process; system design; system management; system governance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSSE.2015.071453

International Journal of System of Systems Engineering, 2015 Vol.6 No.3, pp.161 - 185

Received: 03 Sep 2014
Accepted: 04 Sep 2014

Published online: 28 Aug 2015 *

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