• Capability Engineering

  • Capability Engineering

  • CAE is a leader in the advancement of Capability Engineering as an evolving discipline that brings together and applies our team's skill sets in the fields of system engineering, human system integration (HSI), and modelling and simulation to conduct user-centred, simulation-based analysis, design, and experimentation of capabilities.

    Capability Engineering and Enterprise Architecture Frameworks
    The cornerstone of our Capability Engineering approach is expertise and deep knowledge in applying industry standard enterprise architecture frameworks such as the United States Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF), the Canadian Department of Defence equivalent (DNDAF), and The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF).    CAE's capability engineering services experience using enterprise architecture frameworks has been applied on a wide range of projects for naval customers. We provide an efficient reference tool for analyzing new challenges and demands to capability structures. Leveraging our in-depth experience in the domestic security and C4ISR domains, CAE is positioned as a leader in this field.

    Capability Engineering and Human Systems Integration (HSI)
    CAE's capability engineering competencies offer an integrated approach to system-of-systems management.  We leverage the principles of human systems integration (HSI) to provide services that address human resource issues related to capability development and management specifically in the key areas of manpower, career progression, and training for force planning and development.

    Capability engineering supports HSI in building on a foundation of competencies that are integrated into the development of architecture products - manpower projections; career progression roadmap; individual training roadmap; and establishment inventory. Knowledge, skill, and experiential gap analyses are conducted to determine how best to develop resources to meet future needs given existing personnel capability and future recruiting campaigns for CAE's naval customers.

    Capability Engineering and Modelling & Simulation
    To physically build and test a capability is nearly impossible. The players are too diverse and the budget would be too immense for almost any naval organization. In simulation, a capability can be rapidly prototyped and operationally experienced.

    Architecture Frameworks support building the blueprint of constructive simulation environments for capability experimentation, including simulation environments for distributed command crews. These environments allow operators at multiple levels of the command chain to work at simulation stations and "command" their task forces within realistic operational scenarios. It increases the fidelity of the evaluation by providing alternative architectures and command relationships. Decision-makers and their crews can experience new asset configurations in a cost-effective, reconfigurable and safe environment.

    Capability Engineering and Experimentation/Exercise

    CAE's capability engineering competency exploits architecture frameworks to improve the efficiency of exercises and experimentation at each phase (framing, planning, execution and analysis). Advantages of using architecture frameworks in this area include:

    • Structured planning and execution;
    • Standardized representations; 
    • Supports in properly identifying stakeholders and their objectives;
    • Supports proper exercise/experimentation requirements management;
    • Assists in documenting standard operating procedures (SOPs) for proper training;
    • Improves comprehensive scenario development;
    • Facilitates SOP analysis to support changes in doctrine;
    • Supports after action reviews;
    • Supports reuse; and
    • Develops detailed start states and architecture models in which required modifications can be made with minimal effort for future complex initiatives.

    Measuring Capability
    CAE's team of capability engineering experts has developed an analytic approach for clients to measure the performance and effectiveness of capability options based on the organization's priorities and values. These value-focused metrics include system-level measures of performance (MOPs) and scenario-based measures of effectiveness (MOEs). Our Team helps clients understand the impact of alternative capabilities on variables such as strategic key performance parameters, operational and system performance, lifecycle costing, personnel, and training requirements and methods.