DoD Maintenance Symposium

December 4-7, 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center

Tutorials

Software Survival Skills for Leaders Tutorial

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Room: 151 A-G

Participants:
  • Mr. Michael H. McLendon
    Associate Director, Software Solutions, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Forrest J. Shull
    Assistant Director of Empirical Research, Software Solutions Division, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Christopher Miller
    Research Analyst, Software Solutions Division, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Objective: Equip senior DoD and industry sustainment leaders with what they need to know about the key characteristics of software so they can make better decisions about the engineering and sustainment of complex software-intensive systems to enhance warfighter capability. Attendees will be provided with the appropriate reasoning tools for understanding key issues of economics, reliability, and quality as applied to software, without getting bogged down in excessive technical detail. This session is aimed at attendees who serve in senior leadership and management positions within the sustainment community. This tutorial will be presented by Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.

Abstract: Software is the foundational building material for the engineering of systems and the principle means for delivering warfighter capability. These systems operate interdependently in a net centric and cyber environment which further drives the need for systems to be designed and sustained for high mission assurance. Leaders in the sustainment community need to understand software sustainment is a story of big numbers—an ever-increasing software inventory that creates significant affordability concerns—and what is required to plan and execute the continuous engineering of the software baseline to deliver new warfighter capabilities and address cyber vulnerabilities. The tutorial will highlight the key differences between hardware and software, the essential considerations in planning and executing the acquisition and sustainment of software-intensive systems, and the critical need to design-in-security across the life cycle to mitigate cyber vulnerabilities. This tutorial will be interactive, providing opportunities for Q&A and follow-up conversations with Software Engineering Institute Staff.

State of the Software Sustainment Enterprise Tutorial

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Room: 253 AB

Participants:
  • Mr. John F. Stankowski III
    Director for Maintenance Programs and Resources, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Mr. Michael H. McLendon
    Associate Director, Software Solutions, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Forrest J. Shull
    Assistant Director of Empirical Research, Software Solutions Division, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dr. Christopher Miller
    Research Analyst, Software Solutions Division, Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Objective: Review and solicit comments and feedback on the findings, observations and recommendations from Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute (SEI) DoD Software Maintenance Study team. This session is intended for attendees, both the public and private sectors, directly involved or interested in software maintenance in the Department of Defense.

Abstract: During an interactive session with audience participation encouraged, the SEI team will present the results of the DoD Software Maintenance Study which began in 2015. Phase I of the study was documented in a report published in February 2017, which highlights the critical role of software maintenance in the engineering and life cycle sustainment of complex weapon systems and proposes a framework for analysis of the DoD software sustainment infrastructure and its key components, identifies key attributes and themes based on SEI’s observations and analyses, and presents an initial set of recommendations for consideration. Phase II of the study is on-going and is focused on the key areas of; the core determination process, DoD-level policy and guidance, use of metrics for management and oversight, public private partnerships, and technical infrastructure and gap analysis. The focus of this study is on software maintenance for major weapons systems, however, the results of this study will inform the DoD’s understanding of the challenges associated with sustaining its overall software portfolio.

The Good, Bad, and a Little Bit of Ugly—A SecDef Maintenance Awards Tutorial

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Room: 150 A-G

Participants:
  • Mr. Kenneth D. Watson Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy and Programs, Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Mr. Steven J. Morani Deputy Director of Logistics, Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command
  • Lt Col Aaron Sasson, USAF Maintenance Branch Chief, Joint Staff (J4)
  • Mr. Stuart L. Paul Aviation Fleet Readiness Deputy Branch Head, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, N832B
  • Mr. Chuck Field Senior Consultant, LMI

Objective: Provide an opportunity to provide feedback from selection board members and engage in frank discussions regarding submissions for the annual Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards.

Abstract: Does creating a winning Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards nomination package seem elusive? Selection board members from last year’s competition will describe what they look for, what really stands out, and what is difficult. Examples of what to do and what not to do will be presented—actual excerpts from previous nomination packages will be shared. Considerable time will be allotted for Q&A.