Preliminary Observations on DoD Software Research Needs and Priorities

A Letter Report

Committee on Advancing Software-Intensive Systems Producibility

Computer Science and Telecommunications Board

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Preliminary Observations on DoD Software Research Needs and Priorities A Letter Report Committee on Advancing Software-Intensive Systems Producibility Computer Science and Telecommunications Board Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Computer Science and Telecommunications Board 500 Fifth Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 Phone: 202 334 2605 Fax: 202 334 2318 E-mail: cstb@nas.edu www.cstb.org Dr. Andre M. van Tilborg Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology 3030 Defense Pentagon Room 3C913A Washington, DC 20301-3030 Dear Dr. van Tilborg: The Committee on Advancing Software-Intensive Systems Producibility is pleased to transmit its preliminary observations on Department of Defense (DoD) needs and priorities for software research, as well as its suggestions for a research agenda that would be executable within DoD’s Science and Technology framework. This committee was appointed by the National Research Council (NRC) and convened under the auspices of the NRC’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board. Preliminary Observations on DoD Software Research Needs and Priorities: A Letter Report contains only the early and interim conclusions of the committee. These observations and other issues relating to the advancement of software-intensive systems producibility will be considered more comprehensively in the committee’s final report. A short summary presents the committee’s main points. The first section of this letter report examines the significance of software to the defense mission. It is followed by an exploration of the role of industry and universities in software innovation, along with DoD involvement in software advancement. The report then provides some preliminary conclusions on the research challenge posed by software-intensive systems producibility. Respectfully submitted, William Scherlis, Chair Committee on Advancing Software-Intensive Systems Producibility iii

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