Overcoming Barriers to the Use of Commercial Integrated Circuit Technology in Defense Systems.
OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (ACQUISITION AND TECHNOLOGY) WASHINGT ON DC
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This is a summary of the Department of Defense DoD report Barriers to the Use of Commercial Integrated Circuit Technology in Defense Systems. This report addresses the following issues 1 It describes the motivation for using commercial integrated circuit IC technology in defense systems - commonly referred to as commercial IC insertion. 2 It places commercial IC insertion within the wider goal of current DoD acquisition reform efforts the merging of most defense production into the commercial industrial base 3 It identifies technical and cultural barriers to achieving a more integrated industrial base for ICs and, 4 It recommends near term actions for overcoming these government-imposed barriers to commercial IC insertion and industrial base integration and thus for moving current DoD acquisition reform efforts forward. DoD needs a long-term strategy for effectively dealing with commercial IC suppliers. Taking best advantage of commercial IC technology in defense systems will depend on complementary changes in DoD electronics development and acquisition practices. Defense systems design, procurement, production, maintenance, upgrade, and support practices must be compatible with best commercial practices, and with each other. Use of best commercial development practices, in combination with new contracting arrangements, can encourage competition throughout a systems life cycle. In the near-term, DoD can take actions that move it toward new system development and acquisition practices. This reports recommendations focus on three main areas Design Practices, Requirements Definition Practices, and Contracting Practices.
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