Many people have generously contributed to the writing of this book. To all of them, I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation.

In particular, I wish to thank Shalom Shachar, formerly from the Israel Aerospace Industries, and Professor Tyson Browning from the Texas Christian University, tireless colleagues and friends, much of whose scientific and engineering writings and words of wisdom are embedded in this book.

The AMISA project, funded by the European Commission, focused my attention onto the value of creativity and innovation within systems engineering. My appreciation goes to all the consortium members and in particular to Professor Yoram Reich of the Tel Aviv University for his steadfast support and advice and also to Michael Garber of Adi Mainly Software (AMS), who developed the DFA‐Tool software package, which embodies the Architecture Option model.

Two people had direct impact on the manuscript of the book. Professor Shulamith Kreitler of the Tel Aviv University encouraged my book project and advised me on its structure. Professor Cecilia Haskins of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology volunteered to review the manuscript and contributed numerous and valuable suggestions to improve it. Also, I would like to thank my good friend, Menachem Cahani (Pampam) for contributing two caricatures to the book. I am indebted to them both. I would also like to express my deep appreciation to the dedicated and tireless Wiley editing ...

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