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David Shochat <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 5 Nov 1996 12:46:07 -0800
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Tucker Taft wrote:


>  The committee felt that in the high-assurance,
> real-time domain, Ada already leads the way, and using Ada had
> compelling business and techical advantages for the DoD.
> However in other domains, where the commercial investment outside the
> DoD dwarfs the DoD's own investments, we felt that the business case for
> using Ada was not as clear cut, and the use of Ada should not be
> considered a prerequisite in the choice of contractor and development
> approach.

What about mission planning, command & control, intel, and theater
battle management? These are areas which certainly would have been
described as "war-fighting" before the NRC report came out (but may be
re-defined soon in order to avoid a term now Ada-tainted), are not
necessarily "high assurance, real-time" -- certainly not embedded -- and
do use graphical user interfaces (usually X currently), and commercial
database management systems. Some of us have been working to show how
successful Ada 95 can be in these areas. I'm kind of wondering if a rug
is being pulled out from under us, or whether the committee intended
that this be in the "war-fighting" category.
-- David