Accession Number : ADA187835

Title :   Software Management for Weapon System Programs.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

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

Personal Author(s) : Norman, Cynthia L

PDF Url : ADA187835

Report Date : Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 80

Abstract : Research and development of new weapon systems can be very expensive. In addition, the maintenance of these systems can be expensive, adding to the overall life cycle cost of the systems. Proper design of the new systems can lessen the maintenance costs. However, more and more, weapon systems are not just a product of hardware engineering. Computer systems and software help to run the systems more efficiently and make it easier for humans to control the sophisticated hardware. The Air Force Systems Command is currently the main procurer of new weapons systems for the Air Force. In particular, the Aeronautical Systems Division (ASD) buys aircraft and aircraft systems for the Air Force. Currently, ASD has a pool of engineers for program offices to draw upon whenever hardware technical expertise is needed, but the pool of software experts is very small. Do the majority of the program offices need such a pool of software experts, and if they do, what type of educational and work experience should these people have? To answer this question, the views of people who are in the program offices were collected. Program managers and software personnel were asked to give their views on education, training, and work experience.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *WEAPON SYSTEMS, AIR FORCE, AIRCRAFT, COMPUTER PERSONNEL, COMPUTERS, LIFE CYCLE COSTS, MANAGEMENT, PROGRAMMERS, THESES

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE