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Software aspects of strategic defense systems

ACM SIGSOFT SOFTWARE ENGINEERING NOTES vol I0 no 5 O c t 1085 page 15 The following article is reprinted by permission, American Scientist, journal of Sigma Xi, "Software Aspects of Strategic Defense Systems", by David Lorge Parnas, 73:42~2-40 September-October 1985. Software Aspects of Strategic Defense Systems David Lorge Parnas Views On 28 June 1985, David Lorge Parnas, a respected computer scientist who has consulted extensively on United States defense projects, resignedfrom the Panel on Computing in Support of Battle Management, convened by the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO). With his letter of resignation, he submitted eight short essays explaining why he believed the software required by the Strategic Defense Initiative would not be trustworthy. Excerptsfrom Dr. Parnas~ letter and the accompanying papers have appeared widely in the press. The Editors of American Scientist believe that it would be useful to the scientific community to reprint these essays in their entirety to stimulate scientific discussion of the feasibility of the project. A former member of the SDIO Panel on Computing in Support of Battle Management explains why he believes the "'star wars effort will not achieve its stated goals "" This report comprises eight short papers that were http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes Association for Computing Machinery

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