FROM: Robert C. Leif, Ph.D.
Chair San Diego ACM SigAda

TO: San Diego ACM SigAda Members and Other Interested Parties

ANNOUNCEMENT: SAN DIEGO ACM SIGAda 28 APRIL MEETING

Today's Date: 14 April 1999

SPEAKER: John A. (Drew) Hamilton, Jr. Ph.D.
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army

SUBJECT: "An unofficial view of warfighting software."

ABSTRACT:
Precision engagement is achieved through increasingly sophisticated
software. DOD systems currently fielded and under development use Ada for
sound engineering reasons. Contemporary military operations require include
minimizing both civilian casualties and collateral damage.  This
necessitates the use of highly reliable weapon systems. Many commercial
systems also require high reliability and like military systems remain in
service for over a decade. The military has often had to tailor and change
its software to respond to environmental (climate) and geopolitical changes.
Similarly, enterprises must respond rapidly to today's highly competitive
commercial environment. These changes include both modifying and introducing
new functionalities into existing software.

Since both the military and commercial cultures are becoming very cost
sensitive, each can learn from the other. For instance, the commercial side
is just beginning to learn about lifecycle costs.


Keywords: Ada, Ada 95, Software engineering, Military, Weapons

Meeting Date: Wednesday 28 April 1999

TIME: 6:30 PM Pizza ($5.00) and a chance to network and meet the experts.
Free Pizza to the first 3 individuals who can demonstrate a year 2000 bug in
real, pre-existing Ada code. At present I have never had to make good on
this offer.

Lecture starts promptly at 7:00 PM

DURATION: About 45 Minutes

PLACE: Aonix
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Speaker Brief Biography:
Lieutenant Colonel John A. (Drew) Hamilton, Jr., US Army, is currently
assigned to the US Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command as the
Director of the Joint Forces Program Office.  Previously he served as the
Research Director for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer
Science at the US Military Academy, as Chief of the Ada Joint Program
Office. Chief, Officer Training Division at the Computer Science School,
Fort Gordon.  Lt.Col. Hamilton has a B.A. in Journalism from Texas Tech
University, where he was commissioned in Field Artillery; an M.S. in Systems
Management from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in
Computer Science from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science
at Texas A&M University.  Lt.Col. Hamilton is a graduate of the Naval War
College with distinction.  His book, Distributed Simulation, written with
Major D. A. Nash and Dr. Udo W. Pooch, was published by CRC Press.
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Please RSVP Robert C. Leif,  by e-mail, if you wish to join the preprogram
pizza meal ($5.00 per person).

RSVP Tel. & Fax.  Robert C. Leif (San Diego ACM SIGAda Chair) (619)
582-0437 (Voice and FAX), e-mail [log in to unmask] (Robert C. Leif, Ph.D.).
Please include the number of individuals desiring pizza, any special
requirements,  your name, telephone number and/or e-mail number when
responding by telephone, Fax, or E-mail. Please Include the Words Pizza or
SigAda in the Subject line of your e-mail.
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Directions:
Directions to Aonix:
1. Take 805 to Governor Drive exit.
2. From Governor Drive, make left at first light, to Greenwich Drive.
3. Take first right, to Shoreham Place.
4. Proceed to cul-de-sac - 5040 Shoreham Place.
5040 Shoreham Place San Diego, CA 92122
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