Technical Report: Systems Engineering for Contingency Basing

Report Number:  Technical Report for SERC-2012-TR-033-1

Report Name:  Systems Engineering for Contingency Basing

Publication Date:  November 30, 2012


Tactical Small Units (TSU) (battalion [300-1000 soldiers] and below) currently establish non-standardized base camps for contingency operations (contingency basing), potentially limiting their ability to efficiently employ Full Spectrum1 operations by placing the TSU with reduced capability. The TSU may not be able to effectively support the modern Full Spectrum battlefield demands unless contingency basing capabilities specific to the TSU are combined as a single, integrated, agile, force projection platform. A contingency base should provide Soldiers with an effective,
logistically supportable, affordable, and rapidly deployable environment to project force across the Full Spectrum of operations. The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and the various Program Executive Office (PEO) and Program Management (PM) stakeholders working together must develop a contingency basing capability – along with a development planning process — that will enable an Army enterprise approach to capability delivery for the tactical edge with total system integration aligned to Army Modernization strategies and ARFORGEN (Army FORce GENeration). As such, the U.S. Army‟s transformation and force structure changes have resulted in a reduced capability regarding training, planning, management
and expertise available to the Army units as they establish, maintain, sustain and transition a contingency base through its life cycle.

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.