GAO Report on Software Sustainment
According to the GAO, “…the Department of Defense has to continually update the software that keeps its weapon systems running smoothly. Sustaining that software for systems including aircraft, ships, submarines, and missiles, is essential for national defense. The cost of sustaining DOD's weapon system software is estimated to be at least $15 billion over the next 5 years, but DOD may not know the full costs. Some of DOD's systems have incomplete cost data, which could make it harder to ensure that DOD has the necessary resources available.” The GAO made five recommendations in the report to help DOD address software life cycle management cost and data challenges.
As a reminder, DAU recently deployed a new CLL 027 Introduction to DoD Software Lifecycle Management online training (OLT) course that addresses this important topic.