Successfully Taming Complex Weapons Systems Software
Defense Acquisition University Fort Belvoir United States
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Software seems to be one factor that has driven space, aircraft, and other weapons systems to cost overruns and schedule slipsthat nebulous something we know exists but cannot visualize or get a handle on. Yet it can be tamed, as wild beasts like lions and tigers are tamed by talented animal trainers. I had the privilege of running one medium-sized software system development that was unique in its success. The high fidelity systems simulator HFSS is the only project on a contract to endure three Nunn-McCurdy congressional investigations that finished within budget and on schedule.