of this report is to emphasize the benefits of such techniques and promote them so that their use becomes routine and is institutionalized.

The panel is also cognizant of the differences in the environment and incentive structures under which DOD operates compared with those in commercial industries. We have tried to keep these differences in mind in our analyses, findings, and recommendations. The panel believes that there are important gains to be achieved from using these industrial practices and processes.


The remainder of this report is organized as follows. Chapter 2 provides a summary of the workshop presentations and suggestions on hardware and software development processes. The following five chapters focus on the applicability of industrial practices in the DOD environment and offers the panel’s conclusions and recommendations. Chapter 3 covers requirements setting; Chapter 4 covers system design and development; Chapter 5 covers testing methods; Chapter 6 covers communication, resources, and infrastructure; and Chapter 7 covers organization structure and related issues.

The agenda for the panel’s workshop is provided in Appendix A. A brief overview of the defense acquisitions process is in Appendix B. Biographical sketches of panel members and staff are in Appendix C.

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