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DoD Software Acquisition: Can DoD Build Weapon Systems Software Better and Faster

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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Defense Acquisition University

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Software is a crucial element of almost every weapon system that DoD acquires and the role of software in maintaining national security is growing. DOD has encountered significant challenges in its ability to acquire software for weapon systems for over 40 years, and many of those challenges have remained the same for decades. The purpose of this study is to identify the challenges that DoD faces when acquiring software-intensive weapon systems that cause weapon systems software to be late and not provide desired performance and to evaluate changes to the software acquisition process that can address these challenges. DoD can benefit from adopting Agile methods, and there are other initiatives required to fully mitigate the challenges in DoD software acquisition.


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  • Computer Programming and Software

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[A, Approved For Public Release]