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INCOSE Orlando - November Chapter Meeting

INCOSE Orlando

Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Affordable Architectures – How do I recognize one?


Dr. Tom Herald

ESEP, INCOSE-Orlando Past President, Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow


Thursday,  15 November 2012


SAIC Meeting Room in Science 1, Science Drive, Research Park, Orlando, FL


Dinner: 5:45pm, chapter meeting 6:00; Guest speaker presentation 6:30 – 7:45pm. (Order may change)


You are invited to become a member of INCOSE (go to or ), but the meeting is open to all; you do not need to be an INCOSE member to attend.


None. Dinner is provided courtesy of INCOSE Orlando chapter with RSVP



The US defense department has undergone many evolutionary shifts in recent years.  These shifts include movement from a system or platform-centric focus to a full mission objective, from a single purpose solution to systems with adaptive relevancy, from a primary system only focus to embracing a holistic system including enabling and support systems and from a design/acquisition cost decision to complete life cycle comparative analyses.  Dr. Robert Gates, 22nd Secretary of Defense, has challenged defense contractors to forego designing an ‘exquisite system’ in favor of a compliant ‘80% solution’. What exactly might this affordability challenge mean, how do we embrace it and what must we do differently?   Within different military domains, there are varying definitions or views of system architecture, and the same holds true for the term affordability.  This presentation explores how to review an architecture, what are the attributes of a successful architecture, and specifically how to define the domain-relevant trade space for affordable architecture design.


About Tom Herald:

  • Senior Fellow for Lockheed Martin, Mission Systems & Training, Orlando, FL
  • BSEE, MSEE and Systems Engineering doctorate from the School of Systems & Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Published book on Amazon:  “Obsolescence Management Forecasting: for Strategic Operational System Sustainment Decision Making”
  • IBM (14 yrs) and Lockheed Martin (16 yrs) defense-sector solutions
  • Interests include the system engineering linkages of supportability parameters, obsolescence, and technology insertion considerations proactively influencing affordable system designs and life cycle sustainment
  • Adjunct Professor for Systems Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) and at the University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL)
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12901 Science Drive
, 32826

Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 5:45 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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INCOSE Orlando

The mission of the Orlando chapter of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is to foster the definition, understanding, and practice of World Class Systems Engineering in industry, academia and government.

We host monthly meetings and tutorials that provide a wide range of technical topics important to engineers in the Orlando area from aerospace and defense to bio-medical.

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