Accession Number : ADA134363

Title :   Microcomputer Software System Development: Suggested Revisions to MIL-STD-1521A for Cost-Effective Acquisition of Custom Software through Software Engineering.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Helbling,Victor M

PDF Url : ADA134363

Report Date : Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 107

Abstract : DOD annual investment in computer systems, much of it in micro-computers, will be $38 billion by 1990, up 900 percent from 1980. Software maintenance costs will be 64 percent of the 1990 total, or more than $24 billion. Software maintenance can be greatly reduced through systemic software development as prescribed by MIL-STD-1521A, but DOD managers complain that the process, originally designed for the acquisition of multi-million dollar mainframe systems, not for microcomputers, is much too slow, and therefore not cost effective. Data automation experts point out, however, that development haste in conflict with 1521A increases future maintenance costs. This thesis displays the problem using a recent case study from the Alaskan Air Command, and presents a new acquisition procedure incorporating microcomputer software engineering techniques which reduce system development time while preserving high software quality as intended by the regulations. (Author)

Descriptors :   *MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, *SYSTEMS ENGINEERING, *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *MILITARY PROCUREMENT, *MICROCOMPUTERS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, LIFE CYCLE COSTS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, CASE STUDIES, MAINTENANCE, EFFICIENCY, THESES

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE