A Study of Embedded Computer System Software Acquisition Management and Recommendations to Improve Development Visibility.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The United States Air Force is the largest user of computers in the world and a major portion of that information processing capability is comprised of digital avionics computers. This thesis describes some of the major problems of acquiring Embedded Computer System ECS software for avionics systems. A description of the DOD avionics software acquisition process is included for background information as well as a discussion of the applicable guidance, policies, and regulations. Recommendations to improve software acquisition were derived from literature research, refined by interviews with practicing software engineers and managers, and presented as a product of this thesis. The interviews were conducted with software acquisition personnel at the Aeronautical Systems Division of Air Force Systems Command at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. A major conclusion of this thesis is that the development of a computer software management discipline is both necessary and feasible. Author
- Computer Programming and Software
- Computer Hardware