Accession Number : ADA258155


Title :   An Assessment of Software Safety as Applied to the Department of Defense Software Development Process


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS


Personal Author(s) : Colan, Peter W. ; Prouhet, Robert W.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA258155


Report Date : DEC 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 139


Abstract : This research analyzed the relationships between the DOD software development process, system safety requirements, and current structured software safety analysis techniques. The current state of software safety was assessed within the aerospace industry and DOD, and a training program for DOD System Safety Managers was developed. A telephone survey was conducted to gather information on current software safety analysis techniques and methodologies. Personal interviews were conducted with Aeronautical System Center System Safety Managers to gather data on job perception and perceived training needs. The results of the study indicate that the DOD guidance and policy documents needed to implement and manage a software safety program are adequate. Software safety programs, however, are not implemented and managed effectively; in addition, structured software safety analysis techniques are not widely used. To improve the DOD's ability to manage weapon system safety programs, DOD should implement the proposed training program. Safety Program Management, Safety Training, Safety Engineering, System Safety, Software Development, Software Safety Analysis.


Descriptors :   *SOFTWARE ENGINEERING , *DATA PROCESSING SECURITY , *SYSTEM SAFETY , WEAPONS , REQUIREMENTS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , INDUSTRIES , JOBS , POLICIES , MANAGEMENT , TRAINING , WEAPON SYSTEMS , ENGINEERING , SURVEYS , DOCUMENTS , SAFETY , GUIDANCE , AEROSPACE INDUSTRY , PERCEPTION , ADDITION.


Subject Categories : COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE
      COMPUTER SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT AND STANDARDS


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE