Accession Number:

ADA586219

Title:

Streamlining the Process of Acquiring Secure Open Architecture Software Systems

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

CALIFORNIA UNIV IRVINE INSTITUTE FOR SOFTWARE RESEARCH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

We present results from our ongoing investigation into how to best acquire secure open architecture OA software systems. These systems incorporate software product line SPL practices that include closed source proprietary software and open source software OSS components, where such components and overall system configurations are subject to different security requirements. The combination of SPLs and OSS components within secure OA systems represents a significant opportunity for reducing the acquisition costs of software-intensive systems. We seek to make this a simpler, more transparent, and more tractable process. Such a process must be easy to reuse, adapt, and streamline for different system application domains to realize cost reductions and improve acquisition workforce capabilities. Further, such a process should be aligned with Better Buying Power initiatives addressing OA systems, improved competition, defense affordability, and acquisition workforce improvements. We identify different ways and means to streamline the acquisition process for secure OA software systems through a focus on doing more with limited resources. Along the way, we pay particular attention to revealing how software licensing practices can affect cost in ways that hamper or better the buying power of acquisition programs.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE