S. Hand and C. Allport
Keywords: interoperability, integration, MBSE, Systems of Systems, Systems Architecture
Summary:The U.S. Department of Defense in their Joint Vision 2020 articulated the necessity for interoperability among C5 capabilities as well as in the facilitation of multinational and interagency cooperation. As distributed Systems of Systems (SoS) become larger and more complex, the scalability of these systems and their maintenance becomes more critical to US Defense, but also in other mission critical industries including energy, public safety, transportation, and healthcare. The current state is unsustainable. To move forward, significant progress must occur in paradigms, standards, approach, and tooling. Although MBSE has moved us forward incrementally, today MBSE is being applied to conventional processes under a Build & Deploy paradigm. Promising new open standards approaches have also aided progress as have UML and SySML-based modeling tools. To reach our desired state, however, a new generation of tools must facilitate a major change. They must enable semantic, relationship and behavioral model-based engineering approaches and support maturing open standards. These tools will not only help organize content as current tools do, but they will be transformation-enabling. Such tools will not only automate systems integration through the generation of adaptive infrastructures but will also drive the discovery of improved processes in MBSE.