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Software Development: Information on Department of Defense Central Design Activities
This report responds to the first part of your August 4, 1986, request that we conduct a review of the Department of Defense's central design activities (CDAS). Specifically, it provides the information your office requested on. the number of central design activities in each military service and their purposes; the number of automated information systems, particularly those involving modernization or redesign efforts, supported by these activities; and the resources reflected in the Defense budget for these activities and the systems they support. As agreed with your office, we will report later on whether or not CDAS enhance the likelihood of success for large modernization efforts and will identify opportunities, if any, to consolidate these activities. CDAS are activities within each military service that are responsible for developing, testing, and subsequently maintaining automated information systems software used at more than one location. In order to gather information for our survey, we sent a request to the military services and the Defense Logistics Agency asking them to identify the name and total annual cost of each CDA, as well as information on the cost and type of automated information systems software supported by these activities. We did not specify elements of cost to include in their cost computations, nor did we validate the accuracy of the costs they submitted. Appendix I presents the results of our survey.
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