Modeling and Analysis for Acquisition Affordability Measurement and Prediction

Period of Performance: 04/14/2000 - 04/14/2002


Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Global Technology Connection, Inc.
2839 Paces Ferry Road SouthEast Array
Atlanta, GA 30339
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Georgia Institute of Technology
225 North Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
Institution POC

Research Topics


The objectives of the Phase I STTR have been accomplished. During Phase II a software research prototype of an interactive distributed advanced decision support system, designated iSBA, will be built and exercised. The advanced decision support system, iSBA, uses a "Lean-Server Approach" based on the high level architectural design of a distributed Web-based software environment that was developed in Phase I. Specific tests, evaluations, benchmarks and applications that support affordable acquisition management activities will be developed to exercise the decision support tools identified in Phase I. The front end of the acquisition process, i.e. Phase 0: Concept Exploration, will be he focus for iSBA, as it is where affordability decisions can have the greatest impact. Also, a "New Front End Acquisition Process" addressing time-phased requirements, evolutionary acquisition, interoperability as a Key Performance Parameter, and cost sensitivity in requirements documents is being formulated which could be evaluated using iSBA. iSBA will provide IPPD through RDS which is an affordability measurement and prediction approach that can be used in a continuous manner for the subsequent phases of the acquisition process. The Joint Common Lift (JCL) requirements, emerging from the OSD directed Overarching Rotorcraft Commonality Assessment (ORCA) among the military services will establish the need for concept exploration of a potential Joint Transport Rotorcraft (JTR). Different elements of the Concept Exploration phase, i.e. Tradeoff Determination (TOD), Tradeoff Analysis (TOA), and Best Technical Approach (BTA), and the interplay between the user and developer exercised in producing these elements will be played as a "use case" scenario for iSBA development and execution. A commercialization plan will be prepared with our Washington-based partner, H&AI, to identify a path for successful commercialization in Phase III.BENEFITS: The result of this project will be a widely deployable product enabling acquisition reform through decision-support. The product will have a standard Web interface to promote collaboration among geographic players in gaming and access to robust design simulation tools. Customizable gateways will permit the formulation of problems by both end-users and simulation developers. This interface will have peer-based access to high-level modeling and simulation capability. This insures current, relevant, validated information is used in these decision-making processes.