NDIA Announces its 36th Functionally Organized Division

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The National Defense Industrial Association launched its newest functionally organized division-the Human Systems Division-at an inaugural meeting today.

The Human Systems Division will be focused on the human being as its own system as per the Department of Defense’s (DoD) “System of Systems” concept. This approach addresses the need to tailor DoD systems to that of the operator, while seeking ways to reduce future system costs.

Its mission is to promote the exchange of technical information and discussion, and to facilitate collaborative efforts, between government, industry, and academia to advance human systems performance in air, land, sea, space and cyberspace environments through research, education, and consultation.

The NDIA Human Systems Division Objectives include:

  • Promoting discussions about the circumstances that make the “human factor” a top priority in Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E).
  • Advocating the implementation of human-centric principles (capabilities and limitations) in the design of products and technologies for applications in all physical domains.
  • Conducting studies and prepare reports in response to requests from the DoD HS Community of Interest (COI) to recommend solutions to specific problems or issues related to human performance in complex systems.
  • Advocating, leading and influencing increased discussion and research on the elements of the human-system integration (HSI) domain such as: Manpower, Personnel, Training, Safety, Suitability, Habitability, Occupational Health (including operational medicine), Environment, and Human Factors Engineering.


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