Battlefield Automation: Software Problems Hinder Development of the Army's Maneuver Control System.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV
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The Army has spent over 765 million of the 1 billion estimated total cost for the Maneuver Control System MCS which is to provide battlefield information to maneuver commanders. Since 1980, the MCS program has experienced numerous problems, such as fielding inadequate computer software and canceling the development of one software version due to design flaws, cost growth, and schedule slips. Given the programs past difficulties and the important role of MCS in the Armys battlefleld automation efforts, we reviewed the Armys development and acquisition plans for MCS. Specifically, our objectives were to determine whether 1 the current MCS software development strategy is appropriate to overcome prior development problems and 2 207 new computers for MCS related training should be procured as planned.
- Computer Programming and Software