Accession Number : ADA119411

Title :   Usability of Military Standards for the Maintenance of Embedded Computer Software.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1 Jan-1 Jun 82,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Schneidewind,Norman F

PDF Url : ADA119411

Report Date : Jun 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : Several military software standards were examined and evaluated with respect to their applicability and usability for maintaining embedded computer software. These standards included the following: Department of the Navy Tactical Digital System Documentation Standards, SECNAVINST 3560.1; MIL-STD 1679, Navy Military Standard for Weapon System Development; and Weapon Specification 8506. These standards were discussed from three standpoints: (1) the degree to which they support the use of newer software development technologies (e.g., requirements analysis methodologies) for improving software maintenance; (2) the effect of the microcomputer and its software development environment on the application of these standards; and (3) the extent to which these standards enhance traceability (tracing the various levels of related documentation). These aspects required a reevaluation of the applicability of software standards. A recommendation is made to use the A7-E aircraft software redesign project as a model for improving (1) and (3) in the three standards. Item (2) was judged to be not relevant to the development of software standards. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Computer programs, *Maintenance, *Standards, Military applications, Military requirements, Microcomputers, Methodology, Specifications, Embedding, Weapon systems, Tactical data systems

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE