The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) System Engineering Guide for System-of-Systems Engineering (Version 1, August 2008) defines four types of systems of systems, directed, acknowledged, collaborative, and virtual.* We focus our research efforts on the first three of those types, directed, acknowledged, and collaborative.
In applying this research to real-world situations, we are seeking collaborations with organizations that looking for system-of-systems solutions through investigations such as
Our research thrusts rest on a set of system-of-systems practices—a conceptual framework, methods, processes, and tools for supporting multiple dimensions of distributed collaboration. Among the practices we are exploring are the following:
Based on that set of principles (which we continue to enhance), we view the needs of those types from the viewpoints of governance, engineering, and acquisition.
We are looking for collaborating organizations to explore practices that lead to the successful construction and execution of systems of systems.