Michael E. Buckley

Mike Buckley provides services for various government and commercial clients seeking expertise in system and product design, Systems Engineering, human centered design, Human Systems Integration (HSI), simulation design, set-based design, decision analysis, and requirements analysis and design for automation.  His experience spans a diverse range of disciplines and problem domains, including naval vessels, weapon systems, simulation tools, cost and techology studies and decision support systems.  Mike’s special interest is in using the requirements of decision makers to drive and derive all other system features.


    Decision Analysis

  1. Designed and developed many multi-attribute utility analysis (MAUA) models to support robust comparative evaluation of alternatives for a wide variety of programs and systems.  Developed and implemented MAUA models using commercial decision analysis software (Logical Decisions and Expert Choice) to support design decisions and recommendations for the following efforts: Surface Combatant for the 21st Century (SC-21), Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC), and Phase 1 of DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Program. 

    Design for Automation

  1. Performed requirements analysis for DD(X)/ DDG 1000 for definition of ship-wide decision support requirements by capturing and representing new decision making needs for integrated operation in the context of evolving legacy system capabilities. (Use picture of DDG 1000 here). 

    Knowledge Capture and Representation

  1. Conducted over 100 knowledge engineering interviews of subject matter experts from a wide range of operational domains, constructing decision models of system operation, demonstrating 

    Set Based Design

  1. Under tight schedule constraints, successfully applied a patented decision modeling process to formulate the Navy’s first implementation of set based design in a major vessel acquisition program, the Ship-to-Shore Connector (SSC).   Also applied Set Based Design during Phase 1 (concept development) of DARPA’s Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Program. (Use picture of SSC and ACTUV here)

    Process Design/ Optimization

  1. Developed and patented a new method (U.S. Patent # 7493298) for the design of systems and processes, wherein the human perception of the intended operation is either captured or posited in the form of knowledge maps marked by a network of key operational decisions supported by information and expertise.  Have applied this method in diverse problem domains since 2000.

    Automated Combat Operations Prototype Development

  1. Led a 60-person team in the design of a wrap-around simulation prototype;  

    successfully integrating a dozen independently developed decision support systems, data fusion systems, and expert systems into useful reduced manning demonstration prototype, demonstrating the feasibility of reduced manning for for multi-warfare operations, and of the integrating concept, an information model-based description of decision making.