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Systems Engineering

The Capability Development Support (CDS) Group expertise includes a robust systems engineering capability that offers a technical framework to enable sound decision making relative to trade studies, system performance, risk, cost and schedule.

A deliberate process to determine the right system and technology systems engineering is an interdisciplinary, methodical approach for designing and developing a system that meets stakeholder needs and remains affordable and sustainable over its entire life. Proper application of systems engineering principles and processes, tailored to the complexity and nature of a particular program, increases the likelihood of successfully delivering capability at the best cost.

CDS Systems Engineering looks at the entire life of a new or enhanced capability, beginning early and throughout development, production, distribution, operation and maintenance, all the way to retirement and disposal. By guiding the engineering of complex or integrated technical solutions, CDS Systems Engineering helps DHS program managers assess the complexity, risks, and operational and technical areas of potential solutions to decide on a best course of action for their program. It provides the technical foundation for DHS acquisition programs and works in concert with DHS program managers to effectively manage and integrate the technical effort of a program to ensure the right solution is delivered.

CDS Systems Engineering delivers a range of capabilities to help DHS program managers, including expertise and enablers in human systems integration, architecture, and systems engineering and transition.

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