CapDEM TD - System of Systems – State of the Art Report


  1. Sweetnam, P.
  2. Harvey, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);CGI Group Inc, Quebec QUE (CAN)
Systems of Systems (SoS) is a new concept to designate large-scale integrated systems, cooperating together to create a capability. For organization like the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces (DND/CF) and Canada's allies, SoS environments are becoming more and more a reality in the context of joint, combined and coalition operations where success depends on the capability of their respective systems to interoperate, work together and exchange information. The SoS context adds complexity beyond that of a single system view. Over the recent years, many researchers have addressed this new systems complexity, identified the challenges and impacts on systems engineering approaches, and have proposed some avenues of approaches to find solutions that will address the problems and issues. The purpose of this report is to present the current state and best practices with respect to SoS in general, with a focus on System of Systems Engineering (SoSE). SoSE is emerging as a new approach to the design and integration of collaborative complex systems. First a definition of SoS is given along with a definition of the underlying concepts. Then the elements of complexity are discussed with the implications for the design, maintenance and evolution of SoS. Some potential solutions to address the current problems and issues are presented. Lastly, examples of some initiatives and best practices found in the public and private sectors are presented and the link with CapDEM TD is

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Acquisition process;CapDEM;Capability-Based Planning;Concept Development and Experimentation;Decision support;Modelisation and Simulation;Strategic planning
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2004-427 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
12 Aug 2004
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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