|Contact:||Kelly Kimberland, SEI Public Relations|
Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Signs Memorandum of Understanding with MITRE
May 30, 2002
PITTSBURGH-On May 1, the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), represented by SEI Director Dr. Stephen E. Cross, and MITRE, represented by Al Grasso, senior vice president and general manager of the Washington Command, Control and Communications (C3) Center at MITRE, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a collaboration to improve the software-intensive C4ISR (command, control, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance) system acquisition processes of the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).
The SEI is a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. Its mission is to help others make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities. MITRE is a not-for-profit company that works in the public interest to provide systems engineering, research and development, and information technology support to the government. It operates FFRDCs for the DoD, the FAA, and the IRS.
MITRE is a member of the DoD Software Collaborator's Network, a group of 38 DoD organizations and FFRDCs that provide software engineering services to the DoD. The MOU with MITRE is an example of how the SEI works through the Software Collaborator's Network to transition SEI technologies and amplify SEI impact with the DoD acquisition community.
Objectives of this strategic partnership are to
The MOU, fully supported by NAVAIR, will initiate a collaboration that will focus on reduction of risk in the acquisition and development of C4ISR software-intensive systems through
The joining of FFRDCs to bring together domain expertise is an example of how these special institutions can fulfill their public-interest charter. The SEI-MITRE collaboration leverages the strengths of the two organizations by providing software engineering expertise, C4ISR systems engineering expertise, and objectivity unconstrained by competitive market pressures or organizational conflicts of interest.
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