Innovative Solutions Consortium Annual Charity Reception and Concert

This reception and concert will honor, support and raise funds for two noteworthy organizations:
– The Semper Fi Fund
– The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins

Come and enjoy an evening of fun as we recognize and show thanks to our troops for their service and dedication.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Where: State Theater – 220 North Washington St – Falls Church, VA
Time: Reception – 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm – By invitation only (Sponsors, VIPs, and Invited Guests)
          Concert – 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Purchase Concert Tickets at this link directly from the State Theater.

The Program

Master of CeremoniesSuzanne Malveaux – Emmy award winning News Anchor for CNN and ALS Activist
Feature performerTerry McDermott and the Bonfires – Terry McDermott was a star in the UK before he all but won The Voice and now he is a star in the US. Terry’s mum died of ALS several years ago
NFL Star for the New Orleans SaintsSteve Gleason — suffering from ALS, Steve will have a special video tribute fo our troops … HIS heroes

Special Guests

Wounded warriors from Quantico and Walter Reed (and their significant others) will be our special gues to share an evening of fun and relaxation

Why these Charities

Our troops and their families have given so much … now it is our time to say thanks. The Semper Fi Fund directs urgently needed resources to service members within 24-72 hours of a request. The Packard Center is leading the cure for ALS, directly helping service members who are twice as likely to develop ALS.

Register for John Zachman’s October Presentation

Registration is open for October’s monthly meeting with John A. Zachman presenting Enterprise Physics 101.  Mr. Zachman is the originator of the Framework for Enterprise Architecture (The Zachman Framework).  He was also an early contributor to IBM’s Information Strategy Methodology (Business Systems Planning) as well as to their Executive team planning technique (Intensive Planning).  Full abstract and bio are attached.  The presentation will be given at Noblis in L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, DC., with live broadcasts to Chantilly, VA; Dumfreis, VA; Fairfax, VA; and Reston, VA.  Social hour starts at 6:00 pm at many locations with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. More information for each location can be found bellow.

(Main Location) L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, DC (hosted by Noblis) – Social hour starts at 5:30 pm at the After Hours Bar (in the building).  The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  Register at: https://incosewmaoct13lefant.eventbrite.com/

Chantilly, VA (hosted by The SI Organization) – The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  US. citizens only.  Register at: https://incosewmaoct13chantilly.eventbrite.com/

Dumfries, VA (hosted by SURVICE Engineering Company) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments.  The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  US citizens only.  Register at: https://incosewmaoct13dumfries.eventbrite.com/

Fairfax, VA (hosted by George Mason University) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments.  The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  Register at: https://incosewmaoct13fairfax.eventbrite.com/

Reston, VA (hosted by Off Peak Training) – The presentation starts at 7:00 pm.  Free for INCOSE members and non-members.  Register at: https://incosewmaoct13reston.eventbrite.com/

Abstract:
Not too many people argue anymore about the reality of the “Information Age,” however neither have many Enterprises prepared to address the orders of magnitude increases in complexity and orders of magnitude increases in the rate of change that are incumbent in this new, information age. Neither working harder and faster nor some innovative technological magic is going to be adequate to accommodate these dramatic increases. Only Enterprise Architecture, a radical departure from typical Information Technology approaches will suffice. This is a presentation on the physics of Enterprise Architecture, the stark reality of the actual engineering work that will have to take place if the Enterprise is to be successful in view of these new realities. The approach focuses attention on the dire need to invert the information community’s priorities from building and running systems to engineering a flexible, aligned, integrated, dynamic Enterprise that can accommodate extreme complexity and extremely high rates of Information Age change.

Bio:

John A. Zachman is the originator of the Framework for Enterprise Architecture (The Zachman Framework™) which has received broad acceptance around the world as an integrative framework, an ontology for descriptive representations for Enterprises. Mr. Zachman is not only known for this work on Enterprise Architecture, but is also known for his early contributions to IBM’s Information Strategy methodology (Business Systems Planning) as well as to their Executive team planning techniques (Intensive Planning).

Mr. Zachman retired from IBM in 1990, having served them for 26 years. He is Chief Executive Officer of his own education and consulting business, Zachman International®. Mr. Zachman serves on the Executive Council for Information Management and Technology (ECIMT) of the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) and on the Advisory Board of the Data Administration Management Association International (DAMA-I) from whom he was awarded the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the 2009 Enterprise Architecture Professional Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture Profession as well as the 2004 Oakland University, Applied Technology in Business (ATIB), Award for IS Excellence and Innovation.

Mr. Zachman has been focusing on Enterprise Architecture since 1970 and has written extensively on the subject. He has facilitated innumerable executive team planning sessions. He travels nationally and internationally, teaching and consulting, and is a popular conference speaker, known for his motivating messages on Enterprise Architecture issues. He has spoken to many thousands of enterprise managers and information professionals on every continent.

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Zachman serves on the Elder Council of the Church on the Way (First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California), the Board of Directors of Living Way Ministries, a radio and television ministry of the Church on the Way, the President’s Cabinet of The King’s University, the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir, the Board of Directors of Heavenworks, an international ministry to the French-speaking world and on the Board of Directors of Native Hope International, a Los Angeles-based ministry to the Native American people.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Zachman served as a line officer in the United States Navy and is a retired Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He chaired a panel on “Planning, Development and Maintenance Tools and Methods Integration” for the U. S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds a degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University, has taught at Tufts University, has served on the Board of Councilors for the School of Library and Information Management at the University of Southern California, as a Special Advisor to the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, on the Advisory Council to the School of Library and Information Management at Dominican University and on the Advisory Board for the Data Resource Management Program at the University of Washington. He has been a Fellow for the College of Business Administration of the University of North Texas and currently is listed in Cambridge Who’s Who.

Video & Slides of Joe Smith’s Presentation

Video and slides of Joe Smith’s presentation “NASA’s Increasing Complexity and Decreasing Fiscal Resources” are now posted online.

Video: http://youtu.be/3WYRF5oJvO0
Slides: INCOSE WMA Sep ’13 – Smith NASA

Register for UMW Certified Systems Engineering Tutorial

The University of Mary Washington, INCOSE Central Virginia Chapter, and INCOSE Training Working Group are offering a tutorial session designed to improve your knowledge and understanding of Systems Engineering fundamentals, as well as prepare you for the INCOSE Systems Engineering (SE) Certification Exam.

This 3-day tutorial will be held October 15-17 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the UMW Dahlgren Campus.

Course Overview: CSEP Announcement Fall 2013
Registration Form: CSEP Registration Form Fall 2013

Research Directions into the Future

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), National Capital Chapter with Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences, Washington DC Chapter (WINFORMS) and International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter and Washington Academy of Sciences is hosting Research Directions into the Future: Thoughts and Perspectives form an NSF Program Director with a presentation by Sheldon H. Jacobson, Ph.D. from University of Illinois. Registration is open.

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Price: $15 per person
Location: Arlington, VA

Event Flyer: download
Registration: https://iie-ncc-october2.eventbrite.com/

Other Local INCOSE Events

September 18th, 2013:

INCOSE Chesapeake is having Andrew Drake the Director of AP1000 Engineering Completion Project present about The AP1000, A third Generation Nuclear Reactor. The event is hosted at Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University in Laurel MD. Presentation only is Free, dinner & presentation cost $20. For more information and to register go to: incose-cc.org

Register for the September 21st Tutorial

Registration is open for September’s tutorial by Dr. James Martin discussing “Architecture Frameworks & Modeling“. The tutorial will provide overviews of various architecture frameworks, how systems architecture can serve as the basis for system development, and how to apply model-driven systems engineering to architecture development. Dr. Martin is a systems architect of communication networks and space systems, and currently teaches at the Aerospace Institute. He is also the author of “Systems Engineering Guidebook” by CRC Press.

Location: George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA
Date: September 21st, 2013
Time: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (includes coffee & pastries and a catered lunch)
Cost: $125 per person for INCOSE members, $175 for INCOSE non-members

Register at: https://incosewmaseptember2013tutorial.eventbrite.com/

About the Tutorial
This tutorial provides an overview of Architecture Frameworks including the DOD Architecture Framework (DODAF). The tutorial will show how system architecture can serve as the basis for development of a system. This approach leads to a more model-driven systems approach and allows you to “discover” the essential attributes of the problem space that must be addressed by the system solution. Architecture models are where these essential attributes are defined and evaluated. This architecting methodology will be described within the context of the DoD Architecture Framework and other Frameworks such as Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework and the Zachman Framework.

The architecture provides a unifying structure (or roadmap) for the exploration of the problem space and for characterization of the solution space so better decisions may be made. This tutorial will describe an approach for the flowdown from the system purpose or mission needs, down through operational requirements and concept of operations, and finally into the operational, system and technical views of the architecture.

The 52 models in the DOD Architecture Framework will be described while highlighting the essential features of each. Finally, a strategy and approach for the development of the standard framework products will be described. This will be compared to the new TRAK “lightweight” architecture framework.

Tutorial Objectives:
• Become familiar with various architecture frameworks
• Learn practical ideas about application of architecture frameworks and templates
• Learn about common mistakes when applying modeling techniques and architecture frameworks
• Learn about the model-driven systems engineering approach and how it relates to architecting
• Understand key architecture terms and concepts

About the Instructor
Dr. James N. Martin is an internationally known writer and lecturer on systems engineering. He wrote one of the most widely read books on systems engineering “Systems Engineering Guidebook”, published by CRC Press. His experience includes about thirty years in systems development of telecommunication products and services (with Bell Labs, TI, Raytheon, and Aerospace Corporation) as program manager, system engineering manager, system architect, requirements manager, and lead system engineer. His experience with the technology includes mobile wireless, underwater fiber optics, satellite broadband wireless, reconnaissance sensors and distribution networks and airborne network hubs.

Dr. Martin is employed by the Aerospace Corporation. He is a system architect of communication networks and space systems and he teaches at The Aerospace Institute and at seminars around the world. He led the development of ANSI/EIA 632, the US national standard that defines the processes for engineering a system. Dr. Martin graduated with an MS from Stanford and a BS from Texas A&M. He has a PhD from George Mason University in Enterprise Architecture Modeling. He is a Fellow member of INCOSE and recently received the INCOSE Founders Award.

Register for September 17th Meeting

Registration is open for September’s monthly meeting with Joe Smith presenting about NASA’s Increasing Complexity and Decreasing Fiscal Resources. Mr Smith is the Program Executive for Systems Engineering at the Office of the Chief Engineer for NASA. Full abstract and bio can be found at incosewma.org. The presentation will be given at McCormick and Schmick’s in Tysons Corner, VA with live satellite locations to: Chantilly, VA; Dumfries, VA; Fairfax, VA; L’Enfant Plaza Washington, DC; and Reston, VA. Social hour starts at 6:00 pm at many locations with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. More information for each location can be found bellow.

(Main Location) McCormick and Schmick’s in Tysons Corner, VA – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with food and drinks. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. $15 for INCOSE members, $25 for INCOSE non-members, and free for students. Register at: https://incosewmaseptember2013tysons.eventbrite.com/

Chantilly, VA (hosted by The SI Organization) – The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members & non-members. US citizens only. Register at: https://incosewmaseptember2013chantilly.eventbrite.com/

Dumfries, VA (hosted by SURVICE Engineering Company) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members and non-members. US citizents only. Register at: https://incosewmaseptember2013dumfries.eventbrite.com/

Fairfax, VA (hosted by George Mason University) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members and non-members. Register at: https://incosewmaseseptember2013fairfax.eventbrite.com/

L’Enfant Plaza Washington, DC (hosted by Noblis) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm at the After Hours Bar (in the building). The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members and non-members. US citizens only. Register at: https://incosewmaseptember2013lenfant.eventbrite.com/

Reston, VA (hosted by Off Peak Training) – The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members and non-members. Register at: https://incosewmaseptember2013reston.eventbrite.com/

Abstract:
NASA faces challenges posed by increasingly complex missions and decreasing fiscal resources. The Office of the Chief Engineer is addressing this challenge from a number of directions, including:
1. Maintaining a rigorous SE development program;
2. Updating SE policy and guidance;
3. Steering an agency-wide Model-Centric culture shift; and,
4. Collaborating with other agencies that share our challenges to broaden our community of practice, to share best practices, and to direct SE research.

Bio
Joe Smith is the Program Executive for Systems Engineering at the Office of the Chief Engineer at NASA. As NASA’s Program Executive for Systems Engineering, Mr. Smith is responsible for Agency-level Systems Engineering Policy and Guidance, and for developing and maintaining the SE workforce.

Prior to joining NASA, Joe Smith was a member of the Navy’s civilian acquisition workforce for twenty-six years. His career began in 1985 at the Naval Air Systems Command, assigned to the in Weapon Systems Engineering Division. He joined the NATO SEASPARROW Project Office in 1995 where he held numerous engineering positions; his last position was that of the Missile Division Director in charge of the Evolved SEASPARROW Missile Project.

Mr. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace and Ocean Engineering from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Catholic University, and a master’s in National Resource Management from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Video of Walter Okon’s August Presentation

Video of Walter Okon’s August presentation is posted on YouTube: http://youtu.be/VpHE8RZV2xM

Register for August 20th Meeting

Registration is open for the August 20th meeting. The presenter will be Walter J. Okon presenting “Architecture Framework for Systems Integration and Interoperability”. Mr. Okon is a Senior Architect Engineer for the Architecture & Interoperability Directorate at the DoD CIO’s Office. The presentation will be given at McCormick and Schmick’s in Tysons Corner, VA with live satellite locations to: Chantilly, VA; Dumfries, VA; L’Enfant Plaza Washington, DC; and Reston, VA. Social hour starts at 6:00 pm at many locations with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. More information for each location can be found bellow.

(Main Location) McCormick and Schmick’s in Tysons Corner, VA – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with food and drinks. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. $15 for INCOSE members, $25 for INCOSE non-member and free for students. Register at: http://incosewmaaugmeetingtysons.eventbrite.com

Chantilly, VA (hosted by The SI Organization) – The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members & non-members. US citizens only. Register at: http://incosewmaaugmeetingchantilly.eventbrite.com/

Dumfries, VA (hosted by SURVICE Engineering Company) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm with lite refreshments. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members and non-members. US citizens only. Register at: http://incosewmaaugmeetingdumfries.eventbrite.com/

L’Enfant Plaza Washington, DC (hosted by Noblis) – Social hour starts at 6:00 pm at the After Hours Bar (in the building). The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members and non-members. US citizens only. Register at: http://incosewmaaugmeetinglefant.eventbrite.com/

Reston, VA (hosted by Off Peak Training) – The presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Free for INCOSE members and non-members. Register at: http://incosewmaaugmeetingreston.eventbrite.com/

Abstract:
In order to achieve Systems Integration and Interoperability, program managers, chief engineers, and chief architects need to have and follow a single well defined architecture framework that is engineering based in the Data Meta Model concept. This presentation is designed to increase awareness and understanding of how architecture is an integral part of the systems engineering process to enable model based design, and define a path forward to address current architecture and systems engineering governance improvements, including their roles in acquisition, JCIDS, and PPBE.

The Department of Defense (DoD) Architecture Framework (DoDAF) Version 2.0 defines a common approach for DoD architecture description development, presentation, and integration for both warfighting operations and business operations and processes. This new Architecture Framework is MetaModel based and ensures architecture descriptions can be compared, exchanged, and related across organizational boundaries, including Joint Service, multinational, industry boundaries. It provides a data and engineering capability to DoD architecture development and includes guidance to programs, managers and architects who are developing systems that operate in the Net-Centric environment as required by DoD CIO policies, guidance and instruction. This presentation describes current and future direction of DoD IT Architecture and the relationship to DoD standards program resulting in Interoperability for Systems Engineers. The standards are the validated, approved, and signed mandated standards that all DoD engineers follow. DoD will describe its future direction for Architecture, Standards, Integrated Tools, Exchange of Architecture and a career path for architects of the future.

Bio:
download here: Okon, Walt – Bio