Systems Engineering

Whether it's developing and deploying sophisticated IT infrastructure, implementing enterprise IT systems, or developing a complex weapon system, success depends on following a structured systems engineering approach. As systems become increasingly more complex and more critical to the delivery of an organization’s mission, any delays, cost overruns, unforeseen challenges, missed deadlines or shortfall in capability can have a catastrophic result.

ISA Solution Offerings:

ISA can support the full systems engineering life cycle and can provide resources with experience in each systems engineering discipline and, more importantly, how it applies to a specific type of system and technology.

Systems engineering diagram: operational requirements, exploration of alternatives, conceptual design, prototype, testing, deployment, mission evaluation

ISA's Systems Engineering approach is grounded in the fundamental principles that are critical to success of any large, complex development effort:

  • Program and Project Management Fundamentals  -  ISA is well-versed in project management fundamentals and best practices, including the Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMI PMBOK) and DoD 5000, and we rigorously apply those principles to all of our programs and projects.
  • Comprehensive Risk Management  -  ISA understands that the risks to the success of any program increase exponentially with the complexity of the system. The most complex systems require a highly structured approach to risk management to avoid the countless pitfalls. ISA has developed a sophisticated approach to identifying, quantifying, mitigating and tracking system wide risks.
  • Rigorous Quality Management  -  ISA has applied our structured approach to Quality Management, based on ISO 9000 practices, to countless projects for both commercial and government clients helping to ensure the fieldling of reliable systems.

Why ISA?

ISA understands the systems engineering discipline and our skilled and experienced practitioners have been able to apply these techniques to help deliver successful outcomes on time, within budget, and at low risk for numerous DoD and commercial organizations. Some examples from ISA's long history include:

  • Navy BFI process  -  Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) tasked ISA to develop a set of Modeling and Simulation programs to support Battle Force Interoperability (BFI) efforts, including configuration management of combat system hardware and software, system testing, integration testing, software certification, system installation planning, training, and ship deployment processes.
  • TIMS  -  ISA developed and uses its proprietary Technology Implementation Management System (TIMS) to meet scheduling requirements and for the coordination of equipment, applications site preparation, and personnel resources for large enterprise IT deployment projects.
  •  Warfighting Improvement Program Execution (WIPX)  -  ISA assisted the U.S. Navy in managing the planning and integration of Combat Systems upgrades aboard surface ships.  The effort included conducting analysis of current ship configurations, performing studies for installing new and modified equipment, establishing integration compatibility requirements for equipment and computer programs, and determining a feasible schedule for implementation based upon factors such as availability of material and funding.
  • OPNET Link 11 communications model  -  ISA developed the Navy's Battlegroup Deployment Process Model, and the Naval Tactical Data Systems (Link 11) Communications Network Model, used to meet schedule requirements, coordination of equipment, applications, site preparation, and coordination of personnel resources.
  • Assessment System for Hazard Surveys (ASHS)  -  ISA was responsible for the development, implementation, training and support of a complex system for evaluating hazardous substances, using GIS mapping data and sophisticated analytics, deployed throughout the Department of Defense. ASHS was designed as a tool to help explosives safety analysts comply with regulations governing stored explosives and separation distances to other facilities. ASHS was the Air Force standard system for explosives safety site planning from 2001 until 2015.
  • Financial Availability Maintenance Budget System (FAMBS)  -  ISA developed, supports and maintains a financial and budget system used by the Navy to track and report on over $1B in funding annually.
  • Additional projects in support of the US Navy include: SQQ-89 ASW integrated display system for submarines, UYQ-21 Data Display System, Advanced Lightweight Torpedo for NOSC, Tomahawk Missile for NAVAIR, LAMPS III STDS, and Mine Warfare.