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Tucker Taft <[log in to unmask]>
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Tucker Taft <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 6 Nov 1996 09:26:58 -0500
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> ...
> 4.  15M to be spent on Ada.  This was considered an "on the margin"
> expenditure.  I did not hear what the 15M would provide.  It's almost as
> though 15M was thrown over the wall to coddle the community.

The full report identifies a proposed spending profile:
   $11.5 million/year for contracts:
       $1.5M: Education contracts for Ada and software engineering curriculum
         development, approximately 20 awards at $75k
       $1.0M: API binding development and maintenance, approx. 5 at $200K
       $0.6M: Support for experts involved in language maintenance and
         enhancement (e.g. WG9, the ARG, the HRG, ...), approx 15 experts
         at $40K/year support
       $0.4M: Maintenance and enhancement of validation suites, 2 at $200K
       $3.0M: Academic/Research-oriented efforts to research Ada technology
         in support of DoD mission, 15 at $200K
       $5.0M: Industry/Development-oriented efforts to develop Ada technology
         in support of DoD mission, 20 at $250K
   $3.5 million/year for centralized support organization (e.g. AJPO):
       $0.5M: Monitor policy compliance, identify gaps in technology
         hindering compliance, identify remedies to enhance compliance
       $1.0M: Information clearinghouse and web-site
       $1.0M: DoD-oriented education and training materials development,
         Ada 83/Ada 95 transition support and tools, and technology insertion
       $1.0M: Metrics on programming language usage, cost-effectiveness,
         performance, defect rates; collection, analysis, and dispersal
         of this information.

> ... I applaud
> those who came up with this figure.  And to think that after all this,
> 15M could have made *any* difference in providing warfighting software in
> a budget that consists of orders of magnitude more.

A steady $15M a year investment is not trivial, when focused on general
Ada-oriented technology and tools.  Application-specific technology
investments remain the responsibility of individual application areas.

> ...
> Cheers,
> Bruce Bachus
> LTC, Infantry
> [rest snipped]

-Tucker Taft  [log in to unmask]