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Apr
15

Software Acquisition and Practices (SWAP) Study

 

The FY18 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) directs the Secretary of Defense to task the Defense Innovation Board “to undertake a study on streamlining software development and acquisition regulations.”

“Software is assessed among the most frequent and most critical challenges, driving program risk on ~60% of acquisition programs.” – Defense Science Board, 2018 Report

U.S. national security increasingly relies on software to execute missions, integrate and collaborate with allies, and manage the defense enterprise. The ability to develop, procure, assure, deploy, and continuously improve software is thus central to national defense. At the same time, the threats that the United States faces are changing at an ever-increasing pace, and the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) ability to adapt and respond is now determined by its ability to develop and deploy software to the field rapidly. The current approach to software development is broken and is a leading source of risk to

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