Accession Number : ADA188561


Title :   Report of the Defense Science Board Task Force on Military Software


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a188561.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1987


Pagination or Media Count : 84


Abstract : Current DoD initiatives in software technology and methodology include the Ada effort, the STARS program, DARPA's Strategic Computing Initiative, the Software Engineering Institute, and a planned program in the Strategic Defense Initiative. These five initiatives are uncoordinated. We recommend that the Undersecretary of Defense (Acquisition) establish a formal program coordination mechanism for them. The big problems are not technical. In spite of the substantial technical development needed in requirements-setting, metrics and measures, tools, etc., the Task Force is convinced that today's major problems with military software development are not technical problems, but management problems. Hence we call for no new initiatives in the development of the technology, some modest shift of focus in the technology efforts underway, but major re-examination and change of attitudes, policies, and practices concerning software acquisition.


Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS , *MILITARY APPLICATIONS , MILITARY STRATEGY , SYSTEMS ENGINEERING , POLICIES , ACQUISITION , MANAGEMENT , ANTIMISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS , TASK FORCES


Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE