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Issue No. 04 - July (1996 vol. 13)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 83-93
A willing victim of its own success, the F-16 approaches midlife with customer demand for new and modified capabilities exceeding its already repeatedly expanded avionics computer capacity. Affordability and agility, the imperatives of the post-cold war military, drove the US Air Force and F-16 contractor Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems to embrace a bold, far-sighted solution: development of a modular mission computer designed to increase computing capacity by an order of magnitude and reduce the cost and schedule of future software changes. The participants thus faced a dual challenge: developing state-of-the-art avionics hardware and software, as well as developing team culture and modes of operation. This article presents a case study of the resulting management systems and underlying mental models, written from my partisan viewpoint as their chief advocate and designer.

K. V. Parris, "Implementing Accountability," in IEEE Software, vol. 13, no. , pp. 83-93, 1996.
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