In this work a method for supporting a holistic evaluation process through the derivation of a descriptive metric structure in combination with relevant decision parameters is presented and implemented on the example of surveillance sensor capabilities. The approach is based on the House of Quality (HoQ), which was modified to be used for systems analysis/evaluation. Thereof a new method named House of Metrics (HoM) was derived to compile and manage all relevant parameters needed for todays complex evaluation tasks. The implementation of the methodical approach is demonstrated on a simplified scenario to show the contribution of a surveillance mission sensor sub-system to the mission-related performance evaluation of (un)manned aerial platforms. Thus a hierarchy of holistic metrics in combination with the corresponding weighting vectors was developed. Furthermore a modeling and simulation environment is presented to quantify elementary criteria for, inter alia, environmental perception as a prerequisite for the evaluation process to assess two considered systems. For system evaluation a method of multicriteria decision analysis is used to rank the considered systems and to verify the robustness of the results for deriving a surveillance and reconnaissance mission through a sensitivity analysis.