As far as I've seen, DO-178 is only specified on a contract-by-contract basis, for both FAA and DoD avionics projects.
For those who want to get a copy of DO-178B, it's available from:
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From: Ada Marketing <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To: Ada Marketing <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 10:22:56 -0500
>Thanks for the reply. I guess I wasn't very clear in my initial message. I
>do know DO-178B very well. I misspoke by saying it was a commercial avionics
>standard in that it is used by commercial avionics, but is a government
>What I was wondering though, is if there is any military standard that would
>imply military avionics projects have to conform to DO-178B, and/or such a
>Mike Brenner wrote:
>> Ada Marketing wrote:
>> > Some military programs are now requiring the conformance to commercial
>> > standards, such as the FAA's DO-178B.
>> > Is there a defined government mandate that encourages or requires this?
>> The FAA is the agency that usually mandates DO-178B. That standard is
>> quite close to saying something like it requires both CMM Level 4 and an
>> INSPECE (independent software performance evaluation and coding
>> examination as used on nuclear weapons programs).
>> DO-178B compliance is tailorable on a per-contract basis and includes
>> such stuff as:
>> process model of the software maintenance
>> strict configuration management
>> metrics on hanging pointers, memory leakages, overflows
>> quality assurance to analyze the trends in metrics
>> both product and process audits
>> testing standards
>> independent proof that no extraneous outputs are generated
>> testing that trace every input and output
>> automated testing
>> automated integration testing
>> battle shorts
>> tools and methods of analyzing the impact of change
>> enterprise logging
>> data integrity
>> carrying out the testing when the HW, SW, OS, or net changes
>> software peer reviews
>> It is true that DO-178B was written by a "commercial" aviation
>> organization, but I think of it more as a government standard.
>> ADVICE: First, define the requirements for how well the software has to
>> work, get everyone's agreement on those requirements, and then tailor
>> the DO-178B requirements on your contract to those requirements.
>> Mike Brenner