Accession Number : ADA263059


Title :   Mission-Critical Systems: Defense Attempting to Address Major Software Challenges


Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY DIV


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a263059.pdf


Report Date : Dec 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 28


Abstract : Defense's mission-critical systems continue to have significant software development problems. Numerous GAO reports and Defense studies have identified many problems, including a lack of management attention, ill-defined system requirements, and inadequate testing. The highly complex nature of mission-critical systems and the millions of lines of software required to support them contribute to the continuation of serious software development problems. Defense is attempting to address these problems primarily through two major efforts--the software action plan working group and the Corporate Information Management initiative. Whether these two initiatives will solve Defense's formidable software problems is uncertain; there are no easy answers.


Descriptors :   *SOFTWARE ENGINEERING , *DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , *PROBLEM SOLVING , REAL TIME , REPORTS , MISSIONS , RELIABILITY(ELECTRONICS) , CRITICALITY(GENERAL) , HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Computer Programming and Software


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE