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DoD Standards: Hindrance or Help to Software Maintainability?

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1 Author(s)
Robert W. Noel ; MITRE Corp.

In the past thirty years the total life-cycle cost of software relative to computer hardware has risen dramatically. In addition, software maintenance costs are now equal to, or exceed, the cost of software development. As a result of these trends, software maintenance is now a significant portion of the total computer system life-cycle cost. This paper explores the extent to which the existing military standards and regulations governing software acquisition contribute to increased software maintainability, and thus, help minimize software life-cycle costs. In addition, recommendations for augmenting the standards through the use of measurable characteristics are offered.

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Military Communications Conference - Communications-Computers: Teamed for the 90's, 1986. MILCOM 1986. IEEE  (Volume:2 )

Date of Conference:

5-9 Oct. 1986