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Introduction to the Joint Integrated Analysis Tool (JIAT)

Applications/Tools Track

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A major challenge for U.S. Army cost analysts is bring together current engineering design, capability, and performance data in their cost estimating processes and analyses. While individual models and tools address these areas, it is a tedious, manual process to identify and bring together the relevant results. The Joint Integrated Analysis Tool (JIAT) is being developed by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army – Cost & Economics (ODASA-CE) to address the requirement for a multi-linked system of integrated cost estimating engineering design/capability and performance model tools. JIAT is a web-based architecture designed to provide allow seamless linkages between tools and provide near-real time cost estimating capability to the cost, acquisition, requirements and modeling and simulation communities. JIAT will include database modules such as the Army Military-Civilian Cost System (AMCOS), Operating and Support Management Information System (OSMIS), Force and Organizational Cost Estimating System (FORCES), along with the ability to integrate other Services’ Operations and Support databases.

JIAT allows end-users to run a wide variety of cost models from their desktop. Cost models are made available to end-users through a distributed system of JIAT Model Providers. Providers typically “wrap” the functionality of an existing application (e.g., ACEIT, SEER, PRICE, etc.) to process model run requests hosted as web services across the Internet. Each Provider has a collection of available models. The user can search for models across all Providers. Once the desired model is found, the user can run that model to produce results to be included in a cost estimate.

This presentation will provide an introduction to JIAT and demonstrate its potential. JIAT takes advantage of advances in web application technology to make rich user interfaces comparable to desktop applications possible. The presentation will discuss and demonstrate how JIAT: 1) brings together engineering design, capability, and performance data in the cost estimating processes, (2) facilitates capability-based costing, cost-performance trades and Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) early in the lifecycle of the program, (3) supports analyses for all phases of the program – development through sustainment, (4) provides “one stop development” of comprehensive analysis that will reduce program risk by addressing hardware, software and programmatic requirements, (5) allow the cost or requirements analyst to perform cost, requirements and trade-off analyses from a single tool and (6) deliver to the Army leadership essential data to support decision-making by providing near real time cost and requirements analysis using the latest applicable databases, models and cost estimation tools.


Daniel L. Schwartz
Senior Operations Research Analyst, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army – Cost & Economics (ODASA-CE), Cost Policy & Research Division.
Government Project Manager, Joint Integrated Analysis Tool (JIAT). Over seven years experience in cost estimation and cost policy analysis. Education: Certification in Advanced Public Policy Analysis, Master of Arts in Economics from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, California State University, Northridge

Melissa Cyrulik
Senior analyst for the Tecolote Research Inc. Software
Products/Services Group. Over 12 years of cost estimating experience supporting U.S. Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, NASA and the intelligence community. She has presented papers at both ACEIT User’s and SCEA/IPSA. Lead ACEIT instructor with over nine years experience teaching cost estimating, statistical analysis, and risk modeling. Education: Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.