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Military Information Technology: Write as We Fight

Aug 14, 2006, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sue C. Payton)

"To wage information-age warfare, we need business processes that allow us to evolve faster than our adversaries. The problem is that DoD software is acquired with the same industrial-age business processes used to acquire ships, tanks and other physical machinery. Unlike planes or tanks, which require factories to make multiple copies, software can be copied perfectly and modified on the fly to change its characteristics. Software created today can be deployed in weeks versus years for physical systems. So why are we buying lines of code the way we buy ordnance?

"Any new acquisition model for software must account for a more rapid cycling of ideas and requirements, and allow commanders and program managers to leverage IT investments across services and agencies. We can learn from the open source software development model in the private sector.

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