Integrating Communication with The Systems Engineering and T&E Processes

July 2, 2011

More on the subject from our first post… Here’s a paper by The MITRE Corporation in a recent issue of the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) journal. It talks of the importance of an integrated approach to Systems Engineering and T&E. This requires effective communication on every level.

An internet search for “miscommunication,” “Systems Engineering” and “T&E,” provided disturbing results. The changing role of systems engineering/T&E we are discussing in our first post points to communication as key for all current and potentially new customers.  Effective communication is perhaps no more critical than in international business. We need to maintain (1) a deep understanding of process and policy changes for our international customers, and (2) the capability to adapt to meet the same requirements in new ways. That is quite a balancing act.

How can we maintain effective communication in a climate where both US and international governments are changing their approaches to systems engineering and T&E?

How can we be flexible enough to respond a customer’s changing direction as we implement a rigid/structured systems engineering process? 

If we are asked, with some sense of urgency, to make major changes in how we all think of systems engineering and the T&E process, how can we avoid becoming part of the risk instead of part of the new solution?

Comments on how best to address this on an international level are welcome!


  1. Keren says:

    I believe that the T&E infrastructure needs to be developed from an international viewpoint and needs maximum participation from all countries. If the standards and institutions are developed from this level then acquisitions can be based on these and the international community can then develop their projects on the same standards as the US. In the past most of these standards have be US lead, however with the GFC, the US needs to allow more participation from other countries and make it participative. All this should then allow for more flexibility and communication.

  2. Phil says:

    I think the Rizzo Report on the state of play of the Amphibious Capability failures in recent times address’s a lot of systemic problems throughout Navy Engineering and the DMO.
    Well worth a read and may even provide added discussion.
    Copy can be found at


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