Accession Number:

ADA129891

Title:

DOD (Department of Defense) Should Change Its Approach to Reducing Computer Software Proliferation,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC MISSION ANALYSIS AND SYSTEMS ACQUISITION DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1983-05-26

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

In this report GAO encourages DoD to reduce computer software proliferation and accompanying high costs by taking advantage of opportunities to use a standard programming language. In a January 1982 report, GAO recommended that DOD not implement a particular computer procurement instruction because it did not focus on making maximum use of a new programming language. However, DOD now appears to be proceeding to implement the instruction. This approach could 1 hinder DODs ability to use advances in technology, 2 discourage beneficial compentition within the computer industry, and 3 duplicate, at government expense, the commercial investment in computer technology advances. The primary objective of the pending instruction is to reduce high costs resulting from computer software proliferation. gao believes that DOD could more effectively achieve this objective by evaluating opportunities to use its new programming language Ada and by using this lanugage when warranted. It is estimated that 1.5 billion in annual savings can be realized by adopting one DOD standard programming language.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE