THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board
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.
Committee on Advancing Software-Intensive Systems Producibility