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Software Acquisition and Practices (SWAP) Study : Defense Innovation Board , May , 2019

May 2019

Defense Innovation Board

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From the executive summary: “In 2011, Marc Andreessen claimed in an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal that “Software Is Eating the World.” He argued that every industry (not just those considered to be “information technology”) would be transformed by software—bytes rather than atoms. Eight years later, it is clear he was right. This transformation is happening in defense, and we are not prepared for it. Software is leveling the playing field with our rivals, eroding the advantages we have spent many decades accruing. Software is the focal point of many important advances in national security technology, including data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and autonomy. Software is ubiquitous. It is part of everything the Department of Defense (DoD) does, from logistics to management to weapon systems. U.S. national security is critically dependent on the capabilities of DoD’s software."



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