Network Enabled Capability as a Challenge for Design: a Change Management View Essay

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INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONFERENCE - DESIGN 2008 Dubrovnik - Croatia, May 19 - 22, 2008. NETWORK ENABLED CAPABILITY AS A CHALLENGE FOR DESIGN: A CHANGE MANAGEMENT VIEW R. Keller, S.R. Atkinson and P.J. Clarkson Keywords: change prediction, network enabled capability 1. Introduction In 2002 the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) introduced Network Enabled Capability (NEC) in the Strategic Defence Review New Chapter, as its response to US designs for Network Centric Warfare (NCW). NEC as a paradigm poses a number of requirements on systems in the battlefield and defence companies are expected to deliver systems that meet these requirements. Thus, being able to translate operational NEC requirements into design requirements (and developing systems and services accordingly) can give companies a competitive advantage when bidding for defence contracts in the UK. At the same time, the main supporting documentation for NEC which is the JSP 777 [Network Enabled Capability 2005] is mainly concerned with how NEC can be exploited in an operational environment and so gives little advice to defence organisations delivering services and products to the MoD (see Figure ). If NEC is to be successful it will need to both evolve and to create change after change to both the MoD and industry, so that it moves through its different ‘epochs’ and change, adaptation, agility, learning, self-healing and the 'knowledge society' become the norm. Operational Domain S ystem 1 S ystem 3 Network E nabled Capability (NE C) R equirements Ministry of Defence S ystem 2 Design R equirements? Provide S ystems C ompany B Company A Organisational Domain C ompany C Figure 1. Design Requirements for NEC Some of the requirements described in NEC such as ‘agility’, ‘interoperability’, etc. can be achieved by improved change planning. Since changes

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