1. SYSTEMS ENGINEERING ACROSS THE ACQUISITION LIFE CYCLE.
Rigorous systems engineering discipline is necessary to ensure that the
Department of Defense meets the challenge of developing and maintaining needed
warfighting capability. Systems engineering provides the integrating technical
processes to define and balance system performance, cost, schedule, and risk
within a family-of-systems and systems-of-systems context. Systems engineering
shall be embedded in program planning and be designed to support the entire
acquisition life cycle.