Accession Number:

ADA275963

Title:

An Analysis of the Root Causes of Delays and Deficiencies in the Development of Embedded Software for Air Force Weapon Systems

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Report Date:

1993-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

126.0

Abstract:

The importance of embedded software, used in every subsystem of ah major weapon systems used by the United States Air Force, has increased drastically over the last decades. However, in spite of the regulations currently in existence, developing and acquiring software which meets the user requirements within the original cost and schedule estimates continues to be difficult. At the same time, the Air Force has pushed to improve the development process with the Total Quality Management TQM program. The primary method used to improve the process has been to create metrics, collect data on these metrics, and then perform a statistical analysis on this data. This process has resulted in large quantities data, but very little improvement. This thesis executes the forgotten first step of process improvement - to analyze the process and determine the significant problems faced while developing software for embedded systems. This goal was accomplished by examining and evaluating four major acquisition programs the B-2, C- 17, F- 16 and the F-22. In each of these programs, the problems identified are categorized as either procurement practice, software development process, or personnel issues. Of these, procurement practices caused at least as many problems as deficiencies in the software development process. Software acquisition, Software engineering, Software problems, Software, Major weapon system development, B-2, C-17, F-16, F-22.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE