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MITRE in the News - 2010
Article Title: "Open Source Grows Up"
"...Sometimes open-source software is just more flexible than commercial packages. The Mitre Corp. has been experimenting with open-source software for two years, most recently for its in-house social network application, Handshake..."
MITRE's Renee Stevens Publishes Engineering Mega-Systems
—by Tricia C. Bailey, November 2010
Renee Stevens, a senior principal engineer at The MITRE Corporation, recently published Engineering Mega-Systems: The Challenge of Systems Engineering in the Information Age (CRC Press, 2010).
The book describes "mega-systems," or systems that are not only large and technically challenging, but which also cross traditional boundaries. "We see information systems as being able to cross those kinds of boundaries and change how people share information, but the process of doing so introduces a new set of challenges that most of us have not had to deal with," says Stevens, who has several decades of experience analyzing, engineering, and acquiring large-scale systems for MITRE's government sponsors. "The challenges for systems engineers have gotten more complex and require us to think about all the dimensions of the problem—not just technical, but political, operational, and economic as well."
Stevens spent several years researching the book, including two case studies—one a government project, the other a commercial product. She worked extensively with researchers and program offices as well as with MITRE experts to gather and synthesize her information. The result was not only best practices and case studies, but also what Stevens calls a "profiler," a tool that can be used to tailor systems engineering practices to a mega-system environment.
"I came away from this project with a strong belief that systems engineering is not a one-size-fits-all process," Stevens says. "We need to be very mindful of the circumstances, and very mindful of tailoring what we do and how we do it to those circumstances."
MITRE's Rebovich, White Publish Guide to Enterprise Systems Engineering
—by Tricia C. Bailey, November 2010
George Rebovich, director of the Systems Engineering Practice Office at The MITRE Corporation, and Brian White, who recently retired and had previously held the director position, have published Enterprise Systems Engineering: Advances in the Theory and Practice (CRC Press, 2010), a guide for systems engineering practitioners dealing with enterprise issues.
With an introduction by Joseph DeRosa and contributions from nearly 40 other MITRE colleagues, each of the book's nine chapters touches on major topics in enterprise systems engineering (ESE). These include the complex characteristics and behaviors of enterprises, the impact of enterprise processes and leading-edge technologies, and best practices in enterprise systems engineering.
The book was the result of a 2004 focus group commissioned by MITRE's former Air Force Center to study what was then an emerging field. "It was becoming clear that doing systems engineering the way previous generations did wasn't taking us, or our customers to the results that we all preferred—the timely delivery of systems and enterprise capabilities that met the government's cost and schedule constraints and performed the way users wanted," Rebovich says. The focus group, led by DeRosa, created a series of white papers on different aspects of ESE. Several years later, as ESE became a better-known topic, Rebovich and White decided to shape those papers into a book.
"We felt that it was important to capture the beginnings of ESE, and MITRE's contribution to it," Rebovich says. "While the book is written from a historical point of view, it's fundamentally about the future. Collectively, we're on the threshold of a new era in systems engineering, part social change and part technological change, and this book points an arrow in the direction of how systems engineering is evolving. It's a snapshot—an early picture of MITRE's view of enterprise systems engineering."
Article Title: "MAEC Schema Can Benefit Malware Researchers"
"...Focusing on the attributes and behavior of malicious code, not necessarily which malware family it comes from, can help researchers communicate better and respond quicker to threats, an SC World Congress speaker said Wednesday. Bob Martin, principal engineer at the nonprofit MITRE Corp., discussed his group's Malware Attribute Enumerization and Characterization initiative (MAEC)..."
Military & Aerospace Electronics
Article Title: "MITRE Asks Defense Industry To Help Formulate Standard for Software APIs in Cryptographic Applications"
"...Cryptography experts at the MITRE Corp. in Bedford, Mass., are urging the aerospace and defense industry to participate in formulating a cryptographic application programming interface (API) standard for aerospace, defense, and other high-assurance applications..."
Article Title: "2010 R&D 100 Awards Winners"
"...some of the most innovative concepts to reach the marketplace in the past year. 2010 is no exception, and we had a particularly strong field of entries for the judges to evaluate," said Rita Peters, editorial director of R&D Magazine. MITRE was picked for their submission of the Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) Beacon Radio (UBR)..."
The Voice of Technology Magazine
Article Title: "New Frontiers in Healthcare"
"...We promote an open-source, open-science approach to solving problems," says Piescik, pointing to an internal innovation program that allows MITRE employees to propose and select a variety of innovative projects..."
Article Title: "Executive Spotlight: Dr. Stephen Huffman of MITRE"
"...In many cases the government is able to effectively integrate commercial products to deliver an information advantage rather than having to build unique capabilities to serve all of its needs..."
Article Title: "Nonprofit Contractor Squeezes Hotel, Expense Policies"
"...Even before the economic downturn, Mitre started trimming its travel costs by stepping up communications to promote fiscally responsible travel and implementing a series of changes that gave management and the company's travel and procurement team greater insight into traveler spending..."
Article Title: "Systems Assurance as a Team Sport"
"...Many exciting and important changes are happening within the marketplace of cybersecurity capabilities and the way organizations address compliance, assurance, and security. MITRE has collaborated with industry, government, and academia throughout the last 10 years..."
Air Force Materiel Command
Article Title: "Flight Tests Set Course for Improved Airborne Communication"
"...A team of specialists from the Electronic Systems Center, MITRE Corporation and MIT Lincoln Laboratory used a 707 test bed aircraft to evaluate the transmission capabilities of a prototype waveform developed as part of the High Data Rate Airborne Terminal program, known as HDR-AT..."
Mass High Tech
Article Title: "MITRE's Jill Drury Bridges Human-robot Communication"
"...When Drury was working for MITRE on assignment in The Netherlands in the 1980s, she researched a problem with a surveillance aircraft communicating information to people on the ground. In seeing people abandoning the more-difficult communication process in favor of a shortcut, albeit a data-corrupting one, she realized the need for technology ease, referred to as human-computer interaction..."
Federal News Radio
Article Title: "Participate in a Public Forum on Cloud"
"...Marie Francesca is director of corporate engineering operations for The MITRE Corporation and tells [Federal News Radio] about a new forum they've established where you can go to participate in discussions about the cloud..."
Article Title: "Singapore Airshow: A Call for UAV, Civil Air System Integration"
"...Officials at the influential Mitre Corporation are calling on international aviation authorities to lay out a plan to safely integrate unmanned planes into civil airspace in the coming years. 'As we develop new concepts for air traffic management, we need to develop these concepts in a way that facilitates the integration of unmanned aircraft into the system,' Andrew Lacher of Mitre said during a Feb. 1 speech at an Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International-sponsored conference here..."
Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology
Article Title: "STEM Programs Link Students with Tech Companies"
"...A new initiative to be held at Mitre Corp. in Bedford has attracted state policymakers alongside local high school math teachers: The Leadership Initiatives for Teaching and Technology, or LIFT2, externship program has matched more than 100 teachers from 22 school districts with over 40 science and tech companies statewide..."
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