Title

The US Ballistic Missile Defense System: A Case Study in Architecting Systems-of-systems

Abstract

Systems-of-Systems (SoS) engineering for modern complex systems is one of the most difficult challenges facing today's engineer. This paper provides a detailed case study of architecting for a major modern SoS: the US Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The BMDS is a massive SoS that encompasses several existing and new missile defense programs on a variety of platforms covering most of the world. This paper includes a review of currently defined practices for architecting SoS, a discussion of how the BMDS was architected, and then suggestions for architecting future additions to the program.

Department(s)

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

SoS; US Ballistic Missile Defense System; Systems-Of-Systems

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2007 International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), All rights reserved.


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