Accession Number : ADA330506

Title :   Battlefield Automation: Software Problems Hinder Development of the Army's Maneuver Control System.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA330506

Report Date : 16 OCT 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : The Army has spent over $765 million of the $1 billion estimated total cost for the Maneuver Control System (MCS) which is to provide battlefield information to maneuver commanders. Since 1980, the MCS program has experienced numerous problems, such as fielding inadequate computer software and canceling the development of one software version due to design flaws, cost growth, and schedule slips. Given the program's past difficulties and the important role of MCS in the Army's battlefleld automation efforts, we reviewed the Army's development and acquisition plans for MCS. Specifically, our objectives were to determine whether (1) the current MCS software development strategy is appropriate to overcome prior development problems and (2) 207 new computers for MCS related training should be procured as planned.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS, *SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, *ARMY, CONTROL SYSTEMS, AUTOMATION, STRATEGY, ACQUISITION, COSTS, MANEUVERS, MILITARY PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE