Combat Systems Engineering Training

Commitment 3 days, 7-8 hours a day.
Language English
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Delivery Options Instructor-Led Onsite, Online, and Classroom Live


Combat Systems Engineering Training is the first of a two-course series that provides end-to-end training in the concepts and methods of systems engineering for Navy combat systems. This first course focuses on technical definition and management.

Today’s complex combat systems present difficult challenges to develop. Development teams must face the challenges with an arsenal of proven methods. Individual systems are more complex, and systems operate in a much closer relationship, requiring a system-of-systems approach to the overall design. This Combat Systems Engineering Training course covers the latest principles for combat systems engineering in the context of standard development cycles, with realistic practice on how to apply them. In this combat Systems Engineering course, you will learn the latest principles, processes, products, and methods for systems engineering management. This is a practical course, in which students apply the methods to plan real, interacting systems that they will build in Part.

  • 3 days of Combat Systems Engineering Training with an expert instructor
  • Combat Systems Engineering Electronic Course Guide
  • Certificate of Completion
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Upon completing this Combat Systems Engineering Training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Describe how people work with complexity
  • Learn about combat systems engineering as the engineering of complexity
  • A model for systems engineering
  • What the products are, and
  • What effect it has on system success
  • Learn how to analyze and control the technical aspects of a system development.
  • Learn how to plan, organize, and manage a system development.
  • Learn how to apply the plans during the development project.

The target audience for this Combat Systems Engineering Training course:

  • Systems engineers
  • Project leaders
  • Technical team leaders
  • Program managers
  • Acquisition logisticians
  • Specialty engineers (reliability, maintainability, security, etc.)
  • Logistic support engineers
  • Configuration managers
  • Design engineers (software, electrical, mechanical, and other)
  • Administrators
  • Others participating in system development.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this Avionic Systems Engineering training course are:

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  • We can adapt this Combat Systems Engineering course to your group’s background and work requirements at little to no added cost.
  • If you are familiar with some aspects of this Combat Systems Engineering course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
  • We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Combat Systems Engineering course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
  • If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policymaker), and present the Combat Systems Engineering Training course in a manner understandable to lay audiences.


  1. Navy Combat Systems (1:30) – What is a combat system? Different types of combat systems – sensors, situational awareness, command/control, weapons. Overview of systems engineering concepts, management, and methodology. Overview of the life cycle to develop or modify a system. Overview of systems engineering management as related to project management.
  2. How do We Work With Complexity? (2:30) – Basic definitions and concepts. Problem-solving approaches; system thinking; how complexity shapes systems and system development.
    • Reductionist and system-level approaches
    • Complexity theory, emergent properties, complex behavior
    • Conceptual development and chunking
    • System thinking principles
  3. Systems Engineering Model (2:00) – An underlying process model, compatible with Defense Acquisition University standards, ISO-15288, and the INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook, that ties together all the concepts and methods. Overview of the systems engineering model; description of the processes defined in the model.
    • Model Overview
    • Incremental, concurrent processes from Requirements Analysis (stakeholder operational requirements and engineering technical requirements), Functional Analysis and Allocation, System Architecting and Design Synthesis, System Integration, Verification, and Validation.
    • Primary outputs of each systems engineering process
    • Levels of requirements and requirements allocation
    • Design baselines and an overview of configuration management
  4. A System Challenge Application (3:30) – Practical application of the systems engineering model against an interesting and entertaining system development. During Part I, small groups plan a set of four interoperating robots to solve a larger problem. This exercise spans both Combat Systems Engineering Part I and Combats Systems Engineering Part II. During this first 3-day course, the exercise includes small group development of operational concepts, system functions, allocation of functions into individual robots, work breakdown structure, and project development plans.
  5. Systems Analysis and Control (5:00) – Methods to control system development, relying on both program control and technical control.
    • Work breakdown structure (WBS) concept and details – how to create a WBS; its component parts and structure
    • Configuration management (CM) – four basic activities of CM (configuration identification, configuration control, configuration status accounting, and configuration audits), levels of baseline, types of materials in baselines
    • Technical reviews and audits – standard sequence of DoD technical reviews that support DoD-5000 milestones and development. Description of each type of review. Guidance for entry and exit criteria for each review
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