Combat systems engineers design, build and maintain systems that control different kinds of weapons, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
But there’s so much more. Combat systems engineers also must be proficient in systems engineering, computer programming, chemical systems, biological systems, material systems, human factors, combat environments, sensor systems, threat and system risk assessment, conventional and unconventional weapons, combat simulation, reliability and maintenance, testing, engineering project management, strategic planning and applications to aerospace, ground and naval combat systems.
The focus of combat systems engineering is what’s known as network-centric warfare (NCW), an approach to the conduct of warfare that derives its power from the effective linking or networking of the warfighting enterprise.
NCW is characterized by the ability of geographically dispersed forces (consisting of entities) to create a high level of shared battlespace awareness that can be exploited via self-synchronization and other network-centric operations to achieve commanders’ intent.
NCW does not focus on network-centric computing and communications, but rather focuses on information flows, the nature and characteristics of battlespace entities, and how they need to interact. NCW is all about deriving combat power from distributed interacting entities with access to information.
NCW reflects and incorporates the characteristics necessary for success in the Information Age—the characteristics of agility and the ability to capitalize on opportunities revealed by developing an understanding of the battlespace that is superior to that developed by an adversary.
Combat systems engineering has also evolved to include methodologies to respond quickly to risk with new technologies while integrating warfighting capability at lower cost.
This is especially crucial as nation state actors become more sophisticated and the nature of threats become asymmetric.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers Combat Systems Engineering Training Bootcamp, a 5-day course that focuses on the application of systems engineering, system of systems engineering (SoSE), ConOps, system analysis, requirements, architecture to the design and implementation of modern combat systems focusing on Network-Centric Warfighting (NCW) systems.
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