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Iraq war demands faster software deployment

Facing an enemy in Iraq that seems to morph daily, military IT leaders say they need speedier deployment of new systems. And they need funding flexibility to get it done. “Five-year development cycles won’t hack it with this kind of enemy,” said Sue Payton, deputy undersecretary of Defense for advanced systems and concepts. Speaking at the annual Systems and Software Technology Conference, she noted that Iraqi insurgency forces have shown an astonishing ability to change tactics. As an example of the kind of speedy software delivery that’s required, Payton cited the ability of robots to pick up and move to safety improvised explosives planted by terrorists—work that used to be done by soldiers wearing massive shock-resistant suits. That capability was developed and deployed since the start of the Iraq war. Full Story

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