Advanced Technology Program Support
Getting Ahead of the Technology Curve
Everyone wants to integrate the latest technological developments into the warfighting arsenal, but few have the expertise to do it comprehensively. We start by helping our customers understand and prioritize S&T efforts. Using a relationship model, we depict the flow down from mission to task to actions to technology. We help customers understand the operational expectations of a system and seek feedback from both users and engineers to help prioritize technology development.
For example, JHNA experts are helping several industry and government customers—including the Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC)—develop military applications for autonomous aircraft and leverage manned/unmanned teaming capabilities. Our focus is Robotic and Autonomous Unmanned Air and Ground Systems.
Integrating Technology into the Fight
JHNA’s experts have broad and deep experience in Advanced Concepts and Requirements Analysis. The fight begins with Concepts of Operation (CONOPS), and we work with warfighters to develop CONOPS that bridge the mission, user vision, and operational needs to the system-level requirements that enable development of a materiel solution. We describe tactical behaviors and operational expectations to generate a deeper understanding of the behaviors, restrictions, and constraints on systems in order that they better fit into complex military tactics. Tactical behaviors influence engineering design requirements. This is particularly relevant to unmanned/manned ground and air vehicles. We communicate our CONOPs using detailed written, graphical, and pictorial reports and presentations. Our vignette work uses animation to clearly portray tactical behaviors and user capability expectations. JHNA also recommends strategies to mitigate or avoid risks to increase the likelihood of program success and ensure that customers get the best possible performance, timeliness, and value from the systems they are developing or acquiring. In conjunction with CONOPS, we detail operational architectures. JHNA develops DoDAF Operational Views to depict the mission solution in terms of basic networks and highlight system interoperability, interface, and integration relationships. This establishes the basic system interactions, needlines, and event trace/threads.
We develop three types of requirements analysis (RA) products: operational expectations, systems engineering subsystem assignment, and testing. JHNA’s RA involves the decomposition of an operational need into functional areas to ensure materiel developers accurately depict the mission solution to a level of detail that allows engineers to build the system. This process develops key metrics. Key metrics ensure an understanding of minimum and objective operational performance expectations and provide a management tool for determining engineering trade-offs and conducting analysis as well as frame T&E requirements. RA details testable performance parameters that ensure the development of an effective solution. JHNA ensures requirements traceability and employs database tools (e.g. DOORS) to document the analysis, justification, or considerations behind a given system’s or product’s operational or engineering requirements and to help establish the interrelationship among requirements. We enable users to trace the origin of each requirement, any interim changes, and potential implication on other requirements. JHNA has extensive experience helping the commercial and government RD&E enterprise understand the end-user, including clarifying the user’s needs, the user’s environment, how the user will employ specific capabilities, and why the user needs the technology.