Development and Application of FACT Portfolio Management Capability

Principal Investigator:  Dr. Daniel C. Browne, Georgia Institute of Technology (

Collaborator(s):  USMC Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM)

Timeframe:  Phase I: March 2014 to March 2015; Phase II: August 2015 to June 2016

Category: Systems Engineering and Systems Management Transformation (SEMT)


Objective:  Portfolio analysis is a common trend among Government analysis teams.  Teams are provided a system’s requirements breakdown and tasked with proposing solutions, composed of existing off-the-shelf technologies, including utility analysis which maps back to the requirements.  This research focuses on the development of a reusable approach for portfolio design, management and analysis.  The approach should include standardized methods for requirements analysis, tools for conducting system decomposition, and common approached for executing qualitative utility analysis.

Approach:  Researchers will inform the portfolio management strategy by working closely with the Global Combat Support System – Marine Corp’s War Room, currently analyzing the existing solution and determining if other off-the-shelf enterprise solutions can better meet the needs of the warfighter. Specifically, researchers will:

    • Develop and document reusable strategy for portfolio design, management and analysis.
    • Explore and implement strategies for providing interactive visualizations to explore the n-dimensional space for the system of interest.
    • Instantiate strategy and visualization techniques in a web-based tool.
    • Demonstrate methodology in support of the Global Combat Support System – Marine Corps.
    • Incorporate portfolio management capability with USMC’s Framework for Assessing Cost and Technology.


Major Deliverables:


ApplicationSupported the Global Combat Support System – Marine Corps (GCSS-MC) War Room’s analysis.  Provided strategies for analyzing data trust and providing qualitative utility analysis.  Assisted in data collection, organization and visualization.

Research Team

Current Researchers: Daniel C. Browne, Santiago Balestrini-Robinson, Dane Freeman, Melissa Rost, Devraj Mehta, Thomas Mark, Robert Kempf, Todd Shayler, Blaine Laughlin, Bryan Ake, Cusuh Ham, Joshua Eppinette, Giuseppe Scoppino, Jordan Carroll, Timothy VanHeest

Past Researcher: D. David Fullmer

Collaborating Institutions

Project Researchers