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The Evolution of Science Projects, Third in a Four-Part Series Exploring Themes Across Acquisition Programs

The Evolution of Science Projects, Third in a Four-Part Series Exploring Themes Across Acquisition Programs

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Bill Novak

Background: Over the past decade, the U.S. Air Force has asked the SEI's Acquisition Support Program (ASP) to conduct a number of Independent Technical Assessments (ITAs) on acquisition programs related to the development of IT systems, communications, command and control, avionics, and electronic warfare systems. This blog post is the third in a series that enumerates common themes across acquisition programs that we identified as a result of our ITA work. Other themes explored in...

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Insider Threat: The Latest Research from the SEI

Insider Threat: The Latest Research from the SEI

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Douglas C. Schmidt

Happy Independence Day from all of us here at the SEI. I'd like to take advantage of this special occasion to keep you apprised of a new technical report from the SEI. It's part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed about the latest work of SEI technologists. This report highlights the latest work of SEI technologists in the fields of insider threat. This post includes a listing of the report, authors, and links...

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The Importance of Safety- and Security-related Requirements, First of a Three-Part Series

The Importance of Safety- and Security-related Requirements, First of a Three-Part Series

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Donald Firesmith

In our research and acquisition work on commercial and Department of Defense (DoD) programs ranging from relatively simple two-tier data-processing applications to large-scale multi-tier weapons systems , one of the primary problems that we see repeatedly is that requirements engineers tend to focus almost exclusively on functional requirements and largely ignore the so-called nonfunctional requirements, such as data, interface, and quality requirements, as well as technical constraints. Unfortunately, this myopia means that requirements engineers overlook...

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Cloud Computing for the Battlefield

Cloud Computing for the Battlefield

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Grace Lewis

The Department of Defense (DoD) is increasingly interested in having soldiers carry handheld mobile computing devicesto support their mission needs. Soldiers can use handheld devices to help with various tasks, such as speech and image recognition, natural language processing, decision-making and mission planning. Three challenges, however, present obstacles to achieving these capabilities. The first challenge is that mobile devices offer less computational power than a conventional desktop or server computer. A second challenge is that...

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A New Approach for Developing Cost Estimates in Software Reliant Systems, Second in a Two-Part Series

A New Approach for Developing Cost Estimates in Software Reliant Systems, Second in a Two-Part Series

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Robert Ferguson

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has frequently cited poor cost estimation as one of the reasons for cost overrun problems in acquisition programs. Software is often a major culprit. One study on cost estimation by the Naval Postgraduate School found a 34 percent median value increase of software size over the estimate. Cost overruns lead to painful Congressional scrutiny, and an overrun in one program often cascades and leads to the depletion of funds from...

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Lean Principles and Software Architecture: The Waste of Waiting

Lean Principles and Software Architecture: The Waste of Waiting

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Nanette Brown

Occasionally this blog will highlight different posts from the SEI blogosphere. Today's post is from the SATURN Network blog by Nanette Brown, a visiting scientist in the SEI's Research, Technology, and System Solutions program. This post, the second in a series on lean principles and architecture, takes an in-depth look at the waste of waiting and how it is an important aspect of the economics of architecture decision making....

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The Need to Sell the Program, Second in a Four-Part Series Exploring Themes Across Acquisition Programs

The Need to Sell the Program, Second in a Four-Part Series Exploring Themes Across Acquisition Programs

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Bill Novak

Background: The U.S. Air Force has sponsored a number of SEI Independent Technical Assessments (ITAs) on acquisition programs that operated between 2006 and 2009. The programs focused on the development of IT systems, communications, command and control, avionics, and electronic warfare systems. This blog post is the second in a series that identifies four themes across acquisition programs that the SEI identified as a result of our ITA work. Other themes explored in the series...

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The Latest Publications from the SEI

The Latest Publications from the SEI

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Douglas C. Schmidt

Happy Memorial Day from all of us here at the SEI. I'd like to take advantage of this special occasion to keep you apprised of some recent technical reports and notes from the SEI. It's part of an ongoing effort to keep you informed about the latest work of SEI technologists. These reports highlight the latest work of SEI technologists in embedded systems, cyber security, appraisal requirements for CMMI Version 1.3, improving the quality and...

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