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Michael Feldman <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 6 Nov 1996 12:31:53 -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.
[Tuck's details snipped]
> > ... 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.

At the briefing, I asked - twice, I think - for a rough estimate of the
total warfighting software expenditure in an average year. Just a
ballpark, so we could get some notion of the percentage that $15M
represents. The panelists ducked the question. Why? Did the committee
not know? Is the rough estimate classified?

Mike Feldman