Original Post Date: Friday, December 17, 2010

In last month’s blog I wrote about Ash Carter’s (Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) Memorandum for Acquisition Professionals, Better Buying Power: Guidance for Obtaining Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending (14 September 2010).

I concluded the TruePlanning unified framework and comprehensive cost models, is a tool very well suited to provide the types of analysis outlined in the memorandum. In terms of Should Cost and Independent Cost Estimates (ICE), TruePlanning estimation software provides the industry standard capability to conduct Should Cost and calibration (actual program history) for ICE. Most interestingly and to the point of the Carter memo, TruePlanning has the capability of breaking the “self fulfilling” prophesy of business-as-usual.

On November 3rd, Ash Carter issued a follow up memorandum outlining specific actions to implement the September 14th Guidance. For this month’s post, I wanted to point out some specific comments about Milestone A and B actions and specifically how TruePlanning can help.

At Milestone A the memorandum specifics establishment of an “affordability target to be treated by the Program Manager (PM) like a Key Performance Parameter (KPP)…This analysis should show results of capability excursions around expected design performance points to highlight elements that can be used to establish cost and schedule trade pace.

At Milestone B, the memorandum requires ”a system engineering tradeoff analysis showing how cost varies as the major design parameters and time to complete are traded off against each other.” Thus, Integration between parametric cost models and performance models is needed to allow full exploration and optimization of the trade space, treating cost as another design parameter

Did you know that TruePlanning through its integration with Phoenix ModelCenter is a powerful tool to provide exactly this type of analysis? ModelCenter contains a native plug-in to interface with TruePlanning directly. Through the ModelCenter interface, analysis can easily perform Design of Experiments (DOE), Carpet Plot Analysis (trading performance KPP’s against cost) and Optimization Analysis.  If you are interested in seeing some examples, especially system engineering trade off analysis, please get in contact with me and I will send you a few presentations.

Zach Jasnoff
Solutions Architect, PRICE Systems