Systems Analysis

CNA helps our clients understand the information environment. Our clients often have a diverse set of stakeholders, wide ranges of operational environments, and specialized requirements for critical operational information that necessitate large networks of systems and processes to manage their information. CNA understands this environment and puts systems and information in context to help our clients most effectively understand and manage their information assets. CNA’s understanding of our client’s information environment directly informs our recommended solutions for best managing and evolving the information systems and processes to support our client’s strategic objectives.

Aeronautical System and Service Analysis

CNA is performing a functional audit of systems, processes, and data involved with the management of aeronautical information at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). CNA is leveraging insight gained through years of support to the FAA and analytical capabilities to develop a detailed architecture of aeronautical information management systems, including flow of aeronautical information through those systems, and an understanding of manual and automated processes that create, modify, store, and distribute aeronautical information to users of the National Airspace System (NAS). This effort will provide a baseline of aeronautical information management to support strategic planning efforts.

Concepts of Operation (ConOps)

CNA helps our clients develop operational concepts to meet business goals of the agency. The process begins with a service analysis that identifies and documents the current state of the system and identifies user needs, operational shortfalls, and potential opportunities. We help them define how they will provide the services and products identified in their strategy or vision. We identify who the stakeholders are and what potential high-level impacts and risks need to be addressed. CNA conducts analyses to deconstruct and evaluate the high-level operational and/or system functions, determine gaps and opportunities, and develop preliminary program requirements for the client’s organization to meet its mission need.

Common Status and Structure Data Project

CNA provided mission analysis support for the FAA’s Common Status and Structure Data (CSSD) NextGen planning project to support NAS-wide modernization objectives. These efforts addressed many operational, infrastructure, and business process improvements for Aeronautical Information Management and Collaborative Air Traffic Management as part of the overall FAA NextGen Vision. We developed a CSSD Concept of Operations and a Mission Needs analysis, which were used to support subsequent acquisition milestones for the Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) Modernization program. 

Enterprise Architecture

CNA helps our clients see their organizations as a whole, which includes gaining an understanding of how their people, processes, and systems interact to support their operations. Gaining a better understanding of their operations involves answering some of the following questions:

  • What operations do our clients perform now?
  • What processes are used to support these operations?
  • Why are these processes used?
  • What data is used to support these processes?
  • What systems are used?
  • What external organizations and systems are involved in these processes?

This approach helps to define and organize systematically the “as-is,” or current status, of our client’s organization as well as the “to-be,” or the future of what their organization and operation might look like. The “to-be” view of the organization will be based on the organization’s strategic plan and the concept of operations. Looking at such items as business processes, data analyses (to include assessments of data quality, integrity, and availability), the organizational stakeholders, and the supporting systems, we establish a high-level view of the current and future operations, systems, and data/information flows. This collection of highly valuable asset data is assimilated to form the organization’s enterprise architecture.

Aeronautical Information Management Enterprise Architecture Governance

CNA led the establishment of enterprise architecture governance, modeled largely on the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DODAF), for AIM’s programmatic decision-making processes. CNA systematically modeled AIM’s “as-is” operational and system architectures and supported the transition toward AIM’s “to-be” vision in a strategic manner that balanced near-term requirements with the larger strategic enterprise and transportation regulatory and public policy aspects of a modernization effort.

Enterprise Architecture for NextGen

CNA’s contributions to the AIM portion of the NextGen Automation Roadmap helped model aeronautical information flow and align activities within the AIM directorate with the FAA’s NextGen vision and the NAS Enterprise Architecture. CNA also documented the enterprise architecture for a transition strategy from the legacy AIM systems through the NextGen “bravo” timeframe, ensuring that the organization’s objectives were aligned with the agency’s enterprise goals and strategies.