1 BY ORDER OF THE COMMANDER AIR FORCE MATERIEL COMMAND. AIR FORCE MATERIEL COMMAND INSTRUCTION 63-1201. 28 MARCH 2017. Acquisition IMPLEMENTING OPERATIONAL. SAFETY, SUITABILITY AND. EFFECTIVENESS (OSS&E) AND LIFE. CYCLE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING. (LCSE). COMPLIANCE WITH THIS PUBLICATION IS MANDATORY. ACCESSIBILITY: Publications and forms are available for downloading or ordering on the e-publishing website at RELEASABILITY: There are no releasability restrictions on this publication OPR: AFMC/ENS Certified by: AFMC/ENS. (Mr. Richard Simpson). Supersedes: AFMCI 63-1201, Pages: 110. 14 October 2009. This Air FORCE MATERIEL Command Instruction (AFMCI) supports guidance contained in Air FORCE Instruction (AFI) 20-106_IP, Management Of Aviation Critical Safety Items; Air FORCE Policy Directive (AFPD) 63-1/20-1 and AFI 63-101/20-101, Integrated Life Cycle Management (ILCM); AFI 63-145, Manufacturing and Quality Management; and AFPD 90-13, Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance.
2 It assigns AFMC responsibilities, prescribes policy and procedures, and provides direction for standardizing, verifying and maintaining the accomplishment of required missions and end states in accordance with Department of Defense (DoD), United States Air FORCE (USAF) and AFMC policy. In accordance with (IAW) AFMC. Mission Directive (AFMCMD) 401, Headquarters Air FORCE MATERIEL Command, it identifies elements of systems engineering (SE) practices and management required to provide and sustain cost-effective products and systems that are operationally safe, suitable and effective. This instruction applies to all systems which fall under the SE, LCSE and/or OSS&E. responsibility of AFMC and its subordinate organizations. AFMC Special Access Programs will comply with this instruction consistent with applicable security restrictions; exceptions for alternative compliance will be documented and reported within the appropriate special access channels.
3 This publication does not apply to Air FORCE Reserve Command (AFRC) or Air National Guard (ANG) units. This publication may be supplemented at any level, but all 2 AFMCI63-1201 28 MARCH 2017. Supplements must be routed to this publication's Office of Primary Responsibility (OPR) for formal coordination prior to certification and approval. Ensure that all records created as a result of processes prescribed in this publication are maintained IAW Air FORCE Manual (AFMAN) 33-363, Management of Records, and disposed of IAW the Air FORCE Records Information Management System (AFRIMS) Records Disposition Schedule (RDS). IAW AFI 33-360, Publications and Forms Management, refer recommended changes and questions about this publication to the OPR using AF Form 847, Recommendation for Change of Publication; route AF Forms 847 from the field through the appropriate chain of command. In this instruction the terms project and program are synonymous, referring to a directed, funded effort that provides a new, improved or continuing capability in response to an approved operational need.
4 This includes but is not limited to pre-program efforts, programs of record, operations and sustainment (O&S) efforts, and the efforts of engineering/technical support organizations which routinely utilize SE processes to support programs over their life cycles. In this instruction the terms Lead Systems Engineer (LSE) and Chief Engineer (CE) are synonymous, referring to the senior (having precedence in making decisions) responsible engineer in a program office. The LSE/CE typically implements a program's OSS&E, LCSE and SE technical processes and may be an assigned/delegated Engineering or Technical Authority IAW DoD, AF, AFMC and/or Center policies. In this instruction content that is recommended, informational or descriptive ( , not mandatory). is indicated as "recommended" or is indicated by words such as "should," "may," "can,". "consider," etc. All other content is mandatory and may include words such as "shall," "must,".
5 Or "will" for additional emphasis. Mandates to the acquisition execution chain are not considered Wing-level mandates and therefore tiering IAW AFI 33-360 does not apply. When tiering does apply for a requirement, waiver authority is identified with a tier waiver number ( T-0, T-1, T-2, T-3 ) following the compliance statement. See AFI 33-360 for a description of the tier number authorities. Offices must submit waiver requests seeking relief from compliance through the command chain up to one of the following, in the ORDER listed: (1) the tier waiver approval authority, if identified; (2) the office/official with waiver authority as identified/directed in the publication, if a non-tiered item; (3) the publication OPR, if non-tiered and/or the publication does not specify. This document contains numerous electronic links to reference material in other publications. The complete Uniform Resource Locator (URL) addresses for hyperlinked documents, other than Air FORCE publications and forms, appear in the Glossary (Attachment 1) at the end of the document; the chapters and other appendices only contain the named references without the full URLs.
6 Referenced Air FORCE publications can be found at The use of the name or mark of any specific manufacturer, commercial product, commodity or service in this publication does not imply endorsement by Air FORCE MATERIEL Command. AFMCI63-1201 28 MARCH 2017 3. SUMMARY OF CHANGES. This document has been substantially revised and needs to be completely reviewed. This revision changes applicability and waiver processes for the Air FORCE Systems Engineering Assessment Model; streamlines requirements for the OSS&E Baseline Document; and incorporates multiple changes resulting from updates to the policies listed in Attachment 1. Chapter 3 has been added to establish standards for delegation of program management and engineering/technical responsibilities and authorities. Attachment 7 has been added to provide recommended guidance for delegation of engineering/technical authority to depot maintenance engineers that develop engineering disposition for technical problems beyond published authority.
7 Chapter 1 SE LCSE AND OSS&E 5. Systems Engineering (SE).. 5. Figure AF SEAM Self-Assessment Requirements for AFMC Programs.. 6. Life Cycle Systems Engineering.. 8. Figure DoD/AF Life Cycle Systems Engineering Processes.. 9. Operational Safety, Suitability and Effectiveness (OSS&E).. 10. Figure OSS&E Taxonomy (Notional, Tailorable).. 10. Chapter 2 ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 16. AFMC Engineering and Technical Management Directorate (AFMC/EN).. 16. AFMC Center COMMANDER or Equivalent.. 16. AFMC Center-Level Engineering Director or Equivalent.. 16. Program Manager.. 17. Lead Systems Engineer/Chief Engineer.. 25. Lead Engineers.. 26. Product Group Manager (PGM).. 26. Supply Chain Manager (SCM).. 26. AFRL Director of Engineering.. 27. Chapter 3 DELEGATION OF RESPONSIBILITIES/AUTHORITIES 29. For the scope of processes/activities covered by this instruction, .. 29. For responsibility/authority to be delegated.
8 29. Delegated responsibility/authority holders should:.. 29. 4 AFMCI63-1201 28 MARCH 2017. Delegation of specific responsibility/authority is made IAW the policy and/or direction that applies to the unique 29. Attachment 1 GLOSSARY OF REFERENCES AND SUPPORTING INFORMATION 31. Attachment 2 LIFE CYCLE SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PROCESSES 52. Attachment 3 OSS&E 69. Attachment 4 SYSTEMS ENGINEERING PLAN (SEP) REQUIREMENTS 79. Attachment 5 DELEGATION OF CLASS II ENGINEERING CHANGE PROPOSAL. (ECP) AND MINOR NONCONFORMANCE DISPOSITION AUTHORITY. TO DEFENSE CONTRACT MANAGEMENT AGENCY (DCMA) FOR. AVIATION CRITICAL SAFETY ITEMS (CSIS) 80. Attachment 6 HUMAN SYSTEMS INTEGRATION (HSI) ACTIVITIES BY. PROGRAM PHASE 87. Attachment 7 DELEGATED ENGINEERING AUTHORITY FOR AFMC FORM 202. PROCESSES 92. AFMCI63-1201 28 MARCH 2017 5. Chapter 1. SE LCSE AND OSS&E. Systems Engineering (SE). Systems engineering is a collaborative, interdisciplinary execution approach which provides technical and managerial processes to unify, integrate and focus the efforts of all stakeholders researchers, acquirers, developers, users, testers, trainers, maintainers and sustainers throughout the life cycle of a product or system.
9 SE provides the integrating technical processes and design leadership to define and balance system performance, cost, schedule, risk, and system security within and across individual systems and programs. Tailored application of SE processes begins at concept inception and continues throughout the life cycle phases (user needs identification through disposal). SE decisions can be made at any life cycle phase, and can affect the cost, schedule and performance of an item, system and Family/System of Systems (FoS/SoS). An overview of DoD and AF systems engineering processes can be found in the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG); AF Pamphlet (AFPAM) 63-128, Integrated Life Cycle Management (ILCM); and the latest version of the Air FORCE Systems Engineering Assessment Model (AF SEAM) Management Guide. Additional details on SE processes and standards can be found in the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Acquisition Streamlining and Standardization Information System (ASSIST) Database, the official source for specifications and standards used by the DoD.
10 Technical orders (TO) can be accessed via the Enhanced Technical Information Management System (ETIMS). The lack of robust systems engineering processes has been cited as one of the root causes of negative occurrences in acquisition and sustainment programs across the DoD. To address this issue AFMC utilizes AF SEAM, a program/organization self-evaluation tool which is designed to assess the presence of needed SE processes as a leading indicator to subsequent delivery success. The model concentrates on SE processes which, when properly executed, can decrease technical/programmatic risk and increase the likelihood that customer needs will be satisfied. While the tool does assess some SE process work products ( , Concepts of Operations (CONOPS), plans, technical documents), it typically does not assess the outcomes delivered to the customer because other processes such as tests, inspections, audits and certifications are designed to accomplish this.