Course #509-14-SNEC-1

Systems Engineering: Principles and Practices for C4I Systems

Dates: Apr-16-2014 - Jun-25-2014


I Square Systems

55 John Clarke Road

Middletown, RI 02842

Hours: 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Apr 16, Apr 30, May 14, May 28, Jun 11, Jun 25

$300 Government AFCEA Member
        Government Non Member
        Non-Government AFCEA Member
$400 Non-Government Non Member

Special Pricing!!! Full Time Students and Young AFCEANS call 703-631-6137 or email to register.
This course is offered online simultaneously with the classroom version. Save on travel costs and take this course from your home or office. Be sure to indicate whether you are selecting online or classroom attendance during registration.
Note: Please see details in course description. 1.Readings may be recommended for class preparation. 2.Education credit details are listed below.

Course Description:


Pre-Requisites:    Reading assignments are required for each class in this course. The required textbook/e-book is available from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. at A discount code has been arranged for AFCEA members and will be forwarded, along with reading assignments, upon course registration. Other student voluntary references:  ISO/IEC/IEEE 29148-2011 specification, a recent INCOSE Handbook and Body of Knowledge and Curriculum to Advance Systems Engineering (

This multi-class course is second in a six course series in our C4I Systems Engineering Certification Preparation Program. The objective of the program is to prepare civilian and government professionals to define, develop, design, integrate, test, deploy and sustain C4I (Command, Control, Communications, Computer, and Intelligence) systems for joint military and civilian crisis management operations.


This course includes the necessary SE methods, case studies and exercises to help prepare students to take the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) examinations.


Crisis management is growing more complex; involving collapsed state institutions, humanitarian catastrophes, human rights violations, displacement and refugees. These developments underline the need to intensify co-operation between different sectors of civilian and military organizations.


This course covers the foundational components of field systems engineering (SE) with the following topics: SE models/frameworks, SE processes and activities, complex systems structures, system development and lifecycles, SE management, SE decision analysis/methods, SE tasks and activities for advanced development, production, integration and testing, fielding and operational support lifecycles.


The next course “Systems Engineering: Principles and Methods for C4I Systems” covers detailed SE processes, methods, tools and procedures and ties theory to practical implementation.


After completion of class, the student will receive a class completion certificate from AFCEA and email attendance documentation of attendance.   AFCEA is applying to Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) for certification maintenance units (CMUs) in support of GIAC cyber security certifications.  To apply for CMUs an individual must purchase an account with GIAC.  Please see

The class, while not prequalified by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), does touch on knowledge areas defined by INCOSE's list of Professional Development Activities, and will likely qualify for Professional Development Units (PDUs).   Please review INCOSE's online renewal requirements


This course has received approval from George Mason University (GMU) for continuing education units (CEUs) and students can apply to GMU for formal documentation of CEUs earned. 


C4I systems encompass systems, procedures and techniques used to collect and disseminate information. C4I includes intelligence collection and dissemination networks, command and control networks and systems that provide the common operational/tactical picture. It also addresses Information Assurance (IA) products and services, as well as communications standards that support the secure exchange of information by C4ISR systems. C4ISR technologies (i.e. Information Technology (IT) and Communication and Network Systems) are at the heart of modern crisis management operations.


Crisis management is growing more complex; involving collapsed state institutions, humanitarian catastrophes, human rights violations, displacement and refugees. These developments highlight the need to intensify co-operation between different sectors of civilian and military organizations. C4I systems provide the means for connectivity in support of collaboration among different Services, agencies, and nations.


This course was developed and is maintained by AFCEA's Southern New England Chapter with the support of AFCEA's Professional Development Center. Please see follow on course listing at 


Who Should Attend:  The course is oriented towards Government/Industry systems engineers who are seeking to expand their current engineering skill set and apply it to a C4I domain.  It's also applicable towards personnel seeking a greater systems engineering methodology understanding.  Academia would benefit from its solid systems engineering foundation.

Online Access Requirements:

Prior to signing up and participation, verify online Blackboard/Coursesite classroom web access using laptop from desired location.  Do Steps 1 & 2 (OS/Java confirmation, system requirement info and pseudo classroom system test) as instructed using this link:


Class #1: Systems Engineering Overview


1.0       Overview: Definitions, Domains, Activities, Products, Application and Value


2.0       Structure of Complex Systems

           -          System Building Blocks and Interfaces

           -          Hierarchy of Complex Systems

           -          The System Environment, Interfaces and Interactions

           -          System Structures and Systems of Systems

           -          Cognitive Systems Engineering to C2 System Development;

           -          Crisis Management Improvement: New C2 Technologies and Response to Hurricane Katrina Case Study


Class #2: Development, Management and Concepts


1.0       Systems Engineering and Lifecycles

           -          Systems Engineering Through the System Life Cycle, System Life Cycles

           -          Systems Engineering Models and Standards

           -          Overview of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)


2.0       Systems Engineering Management

           -          Work Breakdown Structures

           -          Systems Engineering Management Plan

           -          Systems Engineering Project/Program Management

           -          Organization of Systems Engineering


3.0       Needs Analysis

           -          Originating a New System

           -          Operations, Functional Analysis and Feasibility Definition

           -          Needs Validation, System Operational Requirements


4.0       Concept Exploration

           -          Developing the System Requirements

           -          Operational requirements Analysis

           -          Performance Requirements Formulation/Validation

Class #3: Concepts and Decisions          


1.0       Concept Definition

           -          Selecting the System Concept

           -          Performance Requirements Analysis

           -          Functional Analysis, Formulation and Allocation

           -          Concept Selection/Validation

           -          System Development Planning

           -          Systems Architecting

           -          System Modeling Languages: Unified Modeling Language (UML) and Systems Modeling Language (SysML)

           -          Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

           -          System Functional Specifications

           -          System Requirements Specifications (SyRS), Software Requirements Specifications (SRS), Concept of Operations (ConOps



2.0      Decision Analysis and Support

          -          Decision Making

          -          Modeling for Decisions

          -          Trade-Off Analysis/Evaluation Methods


Class #4: Development, Design and Integration/Evaluation


1.0       Advanced Development

          -          Reducing Program Risks

          -          Requirements Analysis

          -          Functional Analysis and Design

          -          Prototype Development as a risk Mitigation Technique, C2 Systems Engineering, Integrating Rapid Prototyping and Cognitive


          -          Development Testing/Risk Reduction


2.0       Engineering Design

          -          Implementing the System Building Blocks

          -          Requirements Analysis

          -          Functional Analysis and Design

          -          Component Design and Validation



3.0       Integration and Evaluation

          -          Integrating, Testing and Evaluating the Total System

          -          Test Planning and Preparation

          -          System Integration

          -          Development/Operational Test and Evaluation


Class #5: Production and Beyond


1.0       Production and Fielding

         -          Systems Engineering in the Factory

         -          Engineering for Production

         -          Transition from Development to Production

         -          Production Operations


2.0       Operations and Support

         -          Installing, Maintaining and Upgrading the System

         -          Installation and Test

         -          In-Service Support

         -          Major System Upgrades: Modernization

         -          Operational Factors in System Development


Class #6: C4I Systems, Final Presentations


Mr. Samuel D. Winograd has thirty-five years of engineering experience. He began his career, as a software engineering consultant for a Human Factor’s engineering firm in New York, designing and implementing a simulator to evaluate the usability of the Motorola Pager. After graduating college Mr. Winograd worked in the private sector for Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company and Niagara Mohawk Power Company as a Test Engineer. After these two positions, Mr. Winograd began his Systems Engineering career, first with General Electric, then as a support contractor to NUWC, performing various systems engineering tasks including IV&V, Training, Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability (RMA) analyses for surface sonar and combat control systems (AN/SQQ-89). He support the design efforts for submarine based carry on systems for ONI that were integrated with organic submarine and shore based systems, integrating HF radio into the Common Submarine Radio Room, IA Engineering, Photonics and LCSS ASW MM Reliability and Maintenance Engineering, and most recently working with Director, DASN (RDT&E) CHSENG to develop I&I SETR and Gateway criteria and to begin the process of institutionalizing I&I in the SYSCOMS. Mr. Winograd is a Lean -Six Sigma Black Belt, a graduate of Stevens Institute of Technology (BE EE), Syracuse University (MS EE), and the Naval Post Graduate School (MS SE).


Mr. Joseph Loda has thirty years of engineering experience in the Information and Communication Technology environment. Starting as a hardware design engineer for a telecommunication product firm in Connecticut, Mr. Loda migrated to additional commercial space product roles, including technical support, training and testing. Sales engineering roles on LAN and WAN network equipment for New York State agencies (Racal Datacomm) and commercial RBOC’s, ILEC’s and CLEC’s (Lucent Technologies) provided real world systems exposure. After seventeen years, he entered the military communication environment during their major networked systems transition. Participation in exercises, tactical/strategic planning events, C5ISR, demonstrations, lab/field testing, training and in-field activities provided broader systems engineering insight. While investigating traffic Quality of Service, Mr. Loda developed a standards-based delivery manager product concept to improve traffic behavior and simultaneously adapt legacy streams. That work later became the requirements foundation for product development used in both tactical and strategic environments. In 2009, Mr. Loda started the systems engineering consulting firm, Canyon Applied Technologies, to continue applying systems thinking and engineering. Mr. Loda is a graduate of DeVry Institute of Technology (BS EET).