> >> I was rather shocked to learn that the Navy (at least for one
program) is
> >> requiring that all software -not- be written in Ada.  I asked if
> >> included COTS, and, at least from a second-hand source, the
answer was
> "yes".
> >
> >Are you sure the real reason is that they need data to prove
> >that a pure Ada project is cheaper than a non-Ada project?
> >
> Quite sure.  I was told that none of the software could be written
in Ada,
> even if it came as part of a COTS product.  I believe at least part
of the
> reason is that this manager thinks that Ada-knowledgeable people are
> scarce to be able to maintain the system for a reasonable cost.

Shame we can't contact him/her en masse, to demonstrate our existence!