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"Ralph E. Crafts" <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 6 Nov 1996 06:18:47 -0500
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> Ralph E. Crafts wrote:
> [snip]
> > Of the 3 criteria (inadequate data, anecdotal evidence, and expert
> > judgment), I believe the most valuable is "expert judgment," yet, in
> > a study which addresses warfighting software, NOT A SINGLE MEMBER OF
> > was not one warfighter on a committee which was commissioned to study
> > warfighting software.  Thus, the "expert judgment" did not include
> > the expertise really needed to ensure value in the recommendations.
> Not that I disagree with your overall analysis, but I think we need to
> be even-handed in our discussion of this report. Although the F-22
> program did advocate the continued use of Ada for DoD software, particularly
> for critical software, higher-echelon DoD inputs to this study did not.
> For example, the USAF presentation was extremely critical of Ada. I didn't
> see the Navy presentation first-hand, but I suspect it was also somewhat
> negative toward Ada based on other Navy presentations I have seen. Therefore,
> I'm not sure that having warfighters on the committee would have helped.
> Quite possibly, the results would have tilted even farther from from Ada
> if there had been official DoD representatives on the committee.
Interesting observation.  My point was/is that an experienced member
of the military would not have condoned eliminating logistics, etc.,
from the critical warfighting capability list, regardless of the
language issues.  I think that is still a valid observation.

I'm curious as to which USAF presentation you refer to--the report lists
several (Chris Anderson, Phil Babel, Capt. Jules Bartow, Col. Bob Lyons,
Robert Kent, and a position paper by Ed Feigenbaum, Chief Scientist).
I know most of these people either personally or by reputation, and I
figure that Feigenbaum would be the most likely negative speaker, and
possibly Kent, but the others I would expect to be very positive about
the language.

Re the Navy, once I saw that Capt. Katherine Paige was a presenter, I
knew there was at least one very negative perspective offered, given
her past published (and very uninformed) comments on Ada.

Thanks for the feedback.

--Ralph Crafts


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