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End-to-End Systems Engineering laB: SSC Pacific opens new lab for C4ISR capabilities.

A new End-to-End (E2E) Systems Engineering laboratory, equipped to develop, test and integrate applications and communications systems across multiple platforms, was unveiled at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, (formerly SSC San Diego) Aug. 21, 2008, in San Diego, Calif.

This, and additional labs located at SPAWAR headquarters in San Diego, and SSC Atlantic headquarters in Charleston, S.C., will be linked via common networks, creating a collaborative environment for conducting E2E development and testing of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) applications and systems.

Chris Miller, who heads the Program Executive Office C4I organization, and Dr. Rich Jaffee, head of the command and control department in SSC Pacific, and project members, were on hand for the dedication ceremony.

PEO C4I and SPAWAR are working toward a shift in strategy as the Department of the Navy moves to service oriented architecture (SOA) and common computing environments which offer enhanced flexiblity and interoperability.

It has become clear that traditional, application-centric development and testing models are not sufficient to support the warfighter in today's dynamic environment. A paradigm shift from traditional systems with dedicated hardware and software to a net-centric, enterprise approach needs to occur so that C4ISR products meet mission and fleet requirements.

PEO C4I developed a strategic plan in September 2007 to ensure its business and technical approaches are more responsive to fleet readiness requirements, and enlisted the support of SSC Pacific and SSC Atlantic to address programmatic, engineering, test and sustainment coordination.

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E2E integration, test, certification, and installation design validation are key components supporting the overarching E2E strategy that also includes a collaborative, distributed engineering environment and governance structure.

The labs in San Diego and Charleston will operate at all classification levels and provide shared enterprise resources, including: reference implementations; test fixtures; networks; instrumentation; a test environment with mission scenarios, simulation/stimulation and test control; support services with security, configuration management and engineering support; and test management capabilities.

A core set of C4I application, network and radio frequency systems will be implemented with the ability to connect to other test facilities.

SPAWAR headquarters and SPAWAR Systems Centers Pacific and Atlantic will provide one seamless environment for integrated support and expertise to develop and execute risk mitigation strategies and implement capability acceleration. System of systems capabilities will work together in a collaborative environment to support SOA enterprise development where the "system" is a collection of components and services developed by multiple programs.

Further, developers, testers and users will have access to systems and components without having to procure them by way of a collaborative networking environment. Collaboration will also result in accelerated development. The desired end state will be that technical solutions are designed, developed, tested and delivered through a cost-effective, E2E approach across the PEO portfolio of C4I applications and systems.

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