Space Acquisitions: DOD's Goals for Resolving Space Based Infrared System Software Problems are Ambitious
GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE WASHINGTON DC
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DOD has assessed various alternatives for mitigating SBIRS flight software problems and developed a way forward to implement the programs software redesign and oversee its development. In April 2008, DOD approved the overall software redesign effort which was to address problems with the original design that affected the timing of stored programs, distribution of control between processors, and failure at the hardware interface level. Review teams comprised of personnel from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Aerospace Corporation Lockheed Martin Corporate Air Force Space and Missiles Systems Center Wing and Software Engineering Institute evaluated the designs to ensure the technical solutions, software requirements, development approach, and readiness of the test facilities were of adequate quality. Currently, DOD and the contractor are working to implement the simplified architecture, develop additional software, and test elements critical to the integration and test of systems. DOD has also undertaken several initiatives to improve its program oversight and to help it better manage the development, such as acting on several recommendations identified in an Independent Program Assessment to address weaknesses in management responsibility, accountability, and organizational structure, and establishing a dedicated execution team with a focus on managing the first satellite effort.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies