Enabling Collaboration at the Speed of the Mission

The GDIT Digital Engineering Environment (DEE) is a secure digital framework that allows cross-functional teams to collaborate and make better decisions as they manage, create, and test digital prototypes. This means they have more information and data on-hand before investing in live solutions. Transforming everything from weapons systems to enterprise IT, DEE allows users to create more complete solutions at lower risk and with long-term cost savings.

Maximizing Performance Today and Tomorrow.

How can an organization confidently capture its requirements while keeping pace with emerging technologies? How can it swiftly refine capabilities and continuously stay ahead of threats?

Enter the Digital Engineering Environment.

An effective DEE includes three essential elements: model-based systems engineering (MBSE) to drive strategy, navigable relationships for traceable data management and information exchange throughout the lifecycle, and automated deployments of Authoritative Sources of Truth (ASOTs).


MBSE is a practice that specifies requirements and use cases by accurately defining systems and their behavior. MBSE is requirements-driven and test-driven. When used with an agile release framework and agile software factory, it significantly increases the rate of identifying risks and understanding the nature of dependencies.

Navigable Relationships (NavRel)

NavRel provides the ability to collaborate and visualize data using digital threads. Digital threads string together data as it is generated from engineering and business processes, connecting previously incompatible tools and databases. NavRel allows relationships among disparate data to be defined in one place. Leveraging automation processes, the result is a huge reduction in manual documentation and its associated problems – decentralization, version control, inaccessibility, duplication of effort, and obsolescence of artifacts.


GDIT has designed a DEE as a living framework encompassing the data – and the applications used to create, edit, and view data – associated with the entire system, also known as ASOTs. An ASOT is the birthplace and home to enterprise data. It can be found in engineering or business applications, databases, or models, and it is trusted for its accuracy by virtue of its provenance.

Leveraging Expertise to Accelerate Results

GDIT’s DEE is a revolutionary, model-driven solution that optimizes “what if” engineering cycles and critical decision-making. The DEE framework was created by a team of experts leveraging agile frameworks, DevSecOps, integration, and operations to deliver cross-functional value to all users, not just engineers. Role-based training enables all users to unlock DEE’s capabilities.

Agile Framework

DEE uses an agile development framework to enable teams to quickly design, test, and apply learning to solutions that accelerate the speed and fidelity of information-sharing throughout a system. We know the users need faster delivery of new capabilities. They need accelerated identification of requirements. And they need technological advancements throughout lifecycle. DEE can deliver all of that.


With DEE, we are developing models that become the digital twin of an environment. This involves full-cycle DevSecOps from architecture to implementation and back. which, in turn, creates a streamlined, repeatable process for software development. We also leverage other system resources, such as container images and pipelines as code, which further accelerate delivery. This all-for-one, mission-focused pursuit is DevSecOps at its finest. Coupling DevSecOps and an Agile software factory, DEE can significantly increase the rate at which teams can identify risks and opportunities.


Within the DEE, data from many disciplines is stored and utilized as a central reference. This allows for simulations and decision-making, but also requires integration with multiple hardware and software systems. This replaces traditional static modeling and enables teams to discover relationships, threats, and opportunities more efficiently. It breaks down silos and makes teams more connected, and modernizes traditional engineering functions.


From an operational perspective, the DEE is important because it is an environment of cross-functional collaboration, with customizable workflows and dashboards, where users can access the data they need, when they need it. Because it is cloud-agnostic, scalable, and adaptable, DEE offers the flexibility of programmable infrastructure and the financial efficiency of an agile environment.


GDIT’s approach to customer training encompasses continuous feedback and stakeholder engagement in the design and development of any specialized DEE training solutions to prepare every user to maximize DEE.

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