Continuous Competition Design Agent (CCDA) for Acquisition of Resilient-EGI (R-EGI) Design
Mikel M. Miller, John Larson, D. Bruce Simpson, James Moore, IS4S; Raymond Morgan, Jacob Campbell, Barb Frantom, and John Rohde, USAF
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The USAF is taking a bold step in changing the game in resilient, robust, and trusted PNT by creating an Eco-System that enables the exchange and fusion of sensor information within an “Open Architecture” environment. The Resilient Embedded GPS/INS (R-EGI) program, has the opportunity to become the first fielded program that moves the USAF towards this PNT Eco-System vision. The R-EGI program will also be the USAF’s first LRU that has a fully USAF owned open Government Reference Architecture (GRA) – laying the foundation for subsequent LRUs such as C2 and radar LRUs. The program, implementing the Other Transaction Authority (OTA) process, is designed to go fast with discipline.
To meet R-EGI program requirements, IS4S is executing their Continuous Competition Design Agent (CCDA) agile Open System Acquisition (OSA) approach using multiple industry Design Teams through the OTA. IS4S is executing the first year of a three-year program to iteratively mature prototypes and converge on a “Best-of-Breed” GRA/Technical Data Package (TDP) that will be fully qualified and production-ready.
The initial 12-month effort is the development phase to reach an Initial Design maturity level. Initial Design maturity provides sufficient knowledge and risk reduction to converge the candidate architecture and design features into one or two detailed designs for further maturation. The primary new technology will be an open architecture framework and standards to “plug-and-play” emerging and future modular PNT hardware and software components.
The CCDA is a new and novel agile OSA approach pioneered by IS4S for AFLCMC on the BLU-136 Next Generation Area Attack Weapon and other programs. In the CCDA approach, the DA develops a Government-owned TDP that serves as the basis for competitive production and life-cycle sustainment. Compared to the Classical DA approach with a single non-OEM DA the CCDA approach enhances innovation and the injection of ‘novel’ solutions by employing the combined knowledge of multiple developers.
To implement the CCDA approach for REGI, IS4S assembled a Core Team, key Design Teams, and several industry Review Teams to provide “Best of Industry” participation in the design process. The Core Team consists of members with deep technical and acquisition skillsets that focus on Systems Engineering and Integration. Core Team members are not interested in the production business and are thus not biased by any ‘product line’ motivations. The Design Teams are system and component developers that are preferably candidates to produce the final product. Two of the Design Teams are existing EGI and EGI-M OEMs (Honeywell and Northrop Grumman).
This presentation describes IS4S’s CCDA agile acquisition approach that initially meets and then exceeds the GPS M-Code mandate (through phased development building prototypes) enabling future development and acquisition of an airborne PNT system that has resiliency at its foundation. It describes the efforts necessary to understand the detailed GRA system design, standards development, and prototyping efforts to evolve the current architecture into a production-ready design using agile acquisition principles.