I am a Systems Engineer at a local DC beltway bandit and College Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). According to Money magazine and PayScale.com, these are in the top three careers in America! At least for 2009. Oh yea, I am living the American Dream!
The Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009, will make it easier to kill weapons programs that spawn runaway development costs, while taking steps to improve competition in the heavily consolidated industry. It focuses heavily on Systems Engineering as a means to control costs. Let this new era begin.
IEEE Spectrum just publish an article (Nov 2008) that highlights the need for a stronger and more vibrant Systems Engineering profession within the Department of Defense. Discussing the the woes and tribulations of DoD's Weapons Acquisitions System. The article is appropriately called: "What's Wrong with Weapons Acquisitions?" It speaks to my chosen profession and my domain of expertise. Suffice to say, I loved it!
Moore's Law.predicts that number of transistors on an integrated circuit will double approximately every two years. The electronics industry has strives to maintain this law. This means as time goes on you can buy more computational power for less money, but what about the computational power you bought last year? One word: obsolesce