Designing and managing increasingly complex systems, systems of systems and systems of capabilities/services over their life cycles…from concept development through deployment, operations and system retirement
Sabre provides systems engineering and integration to Major Defense Acquisition Programs for Department of Defense (DoD) activities including engineering and logistics development, test and evaluation, system deployment, and life cycle support. We work side by side and on Integrated Program teams (IPTs) with our government clients to successfully plan, manage, and execute their programs. As a CMMI and ISO certified company we bring a working knowledge of current best practices, as well as a rich history in lessons learned focused on ensuring that all cost, schedule, and technical objectives are met.
True systems engineering is more than just integrating and balancing technical disciplines, it includes fully incorporating life cycle logistics support elements and considerations into the design process. This approach is essential to inform technical/design solutions and ensures ownership and operational cost drivers are understood and addressed as early as possible. Sabre design and test engineers and logisticians, in collaboration with the user community, develop and apply appropriately tailored processes, procedures and best practices for system design, development, and test. We focus on identifying and managing risk to achieve an optimum balance between cost, schedule and performance.
Our engineering and logistics processes are applied hand-in-hand throughout the entire system life cycle from concept refinement, through production and deployment. Our technical expertise spans the total spectrum from top level systems engineering and conceptual design work to highly detailed subsystem and component level hardware and software design. Sabre experts work both independently and side by side with customers on Integrated Program Teams (IPT's) supporting Major Defense Acquisition Programs, as well as providing commercial customers with tailored solutions optimized for their specific needs.
In today’s highly networked and interoperable environment, it’s essential to understand the architecture and complexities of a distributed force of networked assets and how traditional kill chains need to be integrated to create a cross-domain kill web. To accomplish that, it’s no longer sufficient to think only in terms of systems or even systems of systems. Capabilities and services enabling any type of asset regardless of domain (space, air, ground, sea, and undersea) to reliably pull/share information from any other asset in real time are the key to building an effective, resilient and agile future force. Sabre’s engineers are currently working on the cutting edge of moving from platform-centric operations to capability/service-centric operations.
At the heart of every great design is a team of professionals who know that getting the requirements right from day one and continuing to mature them in a disciplined way throughout the design process are the keys to success in any program. Our engineers and logisticians employ the latest tools, processes and performance modeling and simulation techniques to provide high confidence analytical support to guide and inform program decision making. We frame all our analytical work in the context of the broader overarching architecture and trade space to ensure our results offer the greatest degree of synergy with overall design goals.
Sabre engineering technical specialists work across all phases of the design cycle utilizing advanced tools and knowledge to create component, subsystem and system designs. Sabre's expertise includes everything from minor modifications and material changes on existing designs to new "ground up" designs, including development of "rapid response" solutions to address emergent needs. We routinely use AutoCAD for 3-D and 2-D design to create detail drawings, PRO/ENGINEER solid models for 3-D system workups aiding in spatial visualization and interface design; and PRO/MECHANICA finite element solver to support thermal and mechanical design, but have experience with other tools as well in the event a customer has a specific preference.
Frequently, engineering and logistics are performed more as independent disciplines within programs rather than as equal, collaborative partners in establishing and working the design. That kind of arm's length, disjointed relationship usually results in increased cost and greater risk relative to meeting customer expectations in the operational environment. By treating engineering and logistics as interdependent and complementary disciplines throughout the design and support phases, opportunities for optimized performance; increased speed in the design process; and early identification of potential life cycle cost drivers may be addressed early on.
Sabre offers a wide range of DoD compliant logistics support products and services designed to help ensure that weapon system mission requirements and affordability objectives are achieved in the operational environment. Sabre assists in the planning, development, and execution of key logistics elements such as supportability analyses, design interface, training, supply support, publications, and facilities planning.
SOME HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR WORK
Engineering Designs for EAF, ALRE
Sabre produced System Design Documentation and performed Technical Data Support at the component, subsystem and system level for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment (ALRE) and Expeditionary Airfields (EAF) designs. Design activities ranged from material changes, to new designs, to development of quick reaction designs.Sabre employed AutoCAD for 3-D and 2-D design; PRO/ENGINEER solid models for 3-D system workups; and PRO/MECHANICA finite element solver. Our work included the design of new EAF/ ALRE components critical to safe flight operations.
Sabre assisted the U.S. Navy in the integration of ALRE ship installations. Sabre performed product design management in accordance with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Lead Ship yard’s requirements. Our work involved developing coordinated plans for ongoing/evolving NAVSEA ship alterations and associated schedules with NAVAIR ALRE designs and properly timing data exchanges and maintaining configuration management to ensure successful shipboard installation and integration. Read More
EMALS and AAG Ship Installation Critical Design Review
Sabre was instrumental in supporting both the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG) program during system development and demonstration. Specific accomplishments included conducting critical drawing reviews, facilitating the development of the "GreenBook" to support shipyard installation and checkout, and conducting Physical Configuration Audits (PCAs). Our work was essential to meeting NAVSEA CVN 78 ship installation milestones on time and on budget.
SETR Checklist Management Tool
Sabre engineers developed and continue to maintain the Systems Engineering Technical Review (SETR) Checklist Management Tool, the centerpiece element of the NAVAIR Systems Engineering Development and Implementation Center (SEDIC) tools used across NAVAIR (and the Navy) to document and manage, collaboratively and in real time, entry and exit criteria for Major Defense Acquisition Program design reviews. This tool includes not only the technical aspects of design but also the logistics and supportability aspects over a system’s lifecycle.
Major Acquisition Program Logistics Planning and Support
Sabre advised NAVAIR Assistant Program Managers for Logistics (APML) for major acquisition programs such as the CH-53K, AARGM, and E-6 TACAMO in planning and execution of key logistic related functions such as development Life Cycle Sustainment Plans, detailed Integrated Management Schedule development and assessment, Earned Value, Logistics Requirements Funding Summaries, Maintenance Planning, and Supply Support planning. For over 25 years, Sabre has proudly supported logistics planning and execution for major acquisition programs across all program phases and for programs as venerable as the P-3 and for programs as new as the P-8A.
LORA Training Development
NAVAIR sought out Sabre’s Level of Repair Analysis (LORA) expertise to develop new LORA Continuous Learning Modules for AIR 6.7 personnel and to teach those courses to NAVAIR instructors. NAVAIR continues to present the course to their logistics professionals and the modules Sabre developed have since been selected for inclusion on the DAU’s training web site to instruct the DoD logistics community.