Innovation on R&D Earned Value IOC/C21 WatchKeeper System

Kevin Peterson

Background – Exploring New Approaches to Earned Value in a Project Environment

The Interagency Operations Centers/Command 21 (IOC/C21) project is a major systems acquisition project to modernize Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities in the US Coast Guard. As a result, it falls under Coast Guard acquisition policy requiring use of earned value management (EVM) techniques and principles. The acquisition project manager therefore is responsible for ensuring that the lead system integrator, Command and Control Engineering Center (C2CEN), uses these methods for tracking progress in the development and deployment of the capabilities articulated in the preliminary Operational Requirements Document (pORD). Supporting the project manager in monitoring and assessing the performance of C2CEN including EVM is an Information Management Integrated Product Team (IM IPT). The IOC/C21 project results from the Congressional Safety and Accountability for Every Port (SAFE Port) Act of 2006, which mandates establishment of IOCs in all high-priority ports within three years from the date of the enactment of the legislation.

The purpose of IOC/C21 is to improve tactical decision-making, situational awareness, operations monitoring, rules-based processing, and joint planning in a coordinated interagency …

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