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Air Force Develops Human Systems Integration Framework for Acquisition Practitioners

Air Force logoThe Air Force Research Laboratory has developed and tested a human systems integration framework tool designed to help practitioners familiarize themselves with the military  branch’s acquisition process.

The Human Systems Integration directorate within AFRL’s 711th Human Performance Wing designed the tool to cover various facets of human systems integration under such domains as manpower, personnel, training, human factors, occupational health, environment, safety, survivability and habitability, the branch said Thursday.

“The HSIF tool allows practitioners to maintain continuity throughout that entire cycle, and can be preserved as an artifact once the process is complete,” said Bill Kosnik, an engineering psychologist in the directorate’s Human Systems Implementation division.

“The goal is for it to serve as a record management tool in addition to a step-by-step guide,” added Kosnik.

The HSIF tool comprises various stage of the entire acquisition cycle such as development planning, operation, sustainment and disposal, with a canvas that lists the acquisition timeline across its top and the integrator roles and domains on the left side.

The Pacific Science and Engineering Group site currently hosts the tool and the Air Force plans to transfer the tool to its own network in the future.

“We’ll also extend access to acquisition program managers, systems engineers, (human systems integration) domain experts, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center personnel and others,” Kosnik added.

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