Information Processing/Data Automation Implications of Air Force Command and Control Requirements in the 1980s (CCIP-85). Volume 4. Technology Trends Software
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Command and control software will become more important in 1985 than it is today. It is crucial to determine whether future software technology, as projected from current trends, will be able to provide the techniques necessary to build the appropriate software of the future. This volume provides a brief introduction to software technology and defines the kinds of software that will be required to build and operate 1985 CC systems. Having established requirements, the report then focuses on relevant software technology to forecast what it may be able to achieve by 1985. Both application and executive software are considered, with special emphasis on response time, adaptability to unforeseen situations, suitability, and ease of transfer from one machine to another. Of particular importance in CC systems are methods for the design, production, and validation of software, and the management techniques necessary to administer large software-development projects. Current tools and practices are assessed. Finally, the estimates of 1985 software technology capabilities are compared with projected 1985 requirements for CC software. The concluding section of the report outlines studies, projects, and RD investments that the Air Force might undertake to narrow the expected gap between requirements and technology and to alleviate future problems in implementing and operating command and control software.