Contingency Basing

Principal Investigator: Dr. Brian Sauser, Stevens Institute of Technology (

Timeframe:  July 2011 to September 2013

Category:  Systems Engineering and Systems Management Transformation


Objectives: This research focused on specific aspects of Tactical Small Unit-Contingency Basing (TSU-CB), as a force projection platform and a potential means to address the interrelated individual Soldier and TSU load (cognitive and physical) using methods and tools developed for systems engineering. The research task is to develop a set of interrelated processes, mechanisms, and tools to capture, explain, and manage the complex operational and system interaction posed by the dynamic nature of the TSU operations, along with a means to measure progress. The TSU exhibits a complex, pluralistic, set of requirements across a number of factors ill-suited to standard system engineering practices. Novel means to optimize TSU-CB need to be considered.
The primary operational outcomes being sought are: 1) Reduced vulnerabilities and losses, 2) Reduced sustainment demands, 3) Cost effective choices and solutions, 4) Effectively trained and ready Soldiers and planners with contingency basing skills, 5) Reduced Contingency Basing manpower burden on operational mission forces, 6) Reduced time, material, equipment and personnel requirements for Base Construction/ Deconstruction, 7) Enhanced interoperability with Joint, Inter-Agency, Inter-Governmental and Multi-National (JIIM) partners, and 8) Reduced Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health (ESOH) Risks.

Approach: This research was a collaboration among the SERC, RDECOM and its respective Research and Development Engineering Centers (RDECs), Army support functions (such as PEO Combat Support & Combat Service Support, Training and Doctrine Command, PEO Integration, and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, to name a few), and the Army user community. Major tasks performed included:

  • Focus on initial system boundaries and connections in order to facilitate early dynamic modeling using Systemigrams and SysML
  • Model-based systems engineering

Application: This research topic will be transitioned into the U.S. Army via RDECOM and the Contingency Basing effort. The resulting methods, processes, models, and tools will be made available to other U.S. Government organizations for implementation on other programs.




Bagheri, H., Sullivan, K., Son, S. “Spacemaker: Practical Formal Synthesis of Tradeoff Spaces for Object-Relational Mapping”, Proceedings from 24th International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering, July 1 – 3, 2012.

Research Team


  • Dr. Brian Sauser, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Robert Cloutier, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Kevin Sullivan, University of Virginia
  • Dr. Forrest Shull, The Fraunhofer Center for Experiment Software Engineering
  • Dr. Lucas Layman, The Fraunhofer Center for Experiment Software Engineering
  • Dr. Ulrike Becker-Kornstaedt, The Fraunhofer Center for Experiment Software Engineering

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