As near as I can tell, the stated recommendations of the NRC sound just like
the way Ada is already used here in the UK.
There is no legalistic mandate, but the Ministry of Defence (MoD) prefers Ada
for embedded software intensive systems (e.g. our Submarine and Type 23 Frigate
command and control systems). This is obviously heavily influenced by a) the
technical considerations of software engineering for reliability,
maintainability etc, but also b) a desire to leverage the DoD investment in
At the moment, we, and therefore quite possibly the MoD, are a little bemused
by the current hoo-ha about the NRC report. I'm sorry to say the negative tone
is providing a far grimmer message than the facts seem to warrant (from where I
I am very pleased to hear Tucker's interpretation of the report that it will
"narrow the mandate to focus on warfighting systems, and fix the waiver
process". If they do this, the NRC report will do nothing but good from our
Could we hear more about how they will do this!