Accession Number : ADA241054

Title :   Army Programming Stability.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Iverson, David L.

Report Date : MAY 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 76

Abstract : Stability in programs constitutes one of six ways that Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney intends to improve the defense acquisition system. Posing the question, Why doesn't the Defense Department have stable programming? to a dozen military officers stationed in the Pentagon; some would blame contractors and some would blame OSD but most would blame Congress. Posing the same question to OSD, contractors, or Congress, they would answer it was because the Services do not know what they want. Asked to define a stable program, there be as many different answers as individuals or groups asked. The most common answer received to the question of what is a stable program is, I can't define it but I know it when I see it . This paper analyzes program stability. The author looks at program stability from two aspects, MICROprogram stability and MACROprogram stability. These concepts are defined and illustrated. Three measurement techniques of are introduced; horizontal, vertical, and averaging. A test analysis, using MACROprogramming measurements of stability, is conducted on the seven Army procurement appropriations and eleven individual systems.

Descriptors :   ARMY, ARMY PROCUREMENT, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, CONGRESS, DEFENSE SYSTEMS, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, DETECTORS, MACROPROGRAMMING, MEASUREMENT, METHODOLOGY, MICROPROGRAMMING, MILITARY PERSONNEL, MILITARY PROCUREMENT, OFFICER PERSONNEL, STABILITY, TEST AND EVALUATION.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE