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NOTE: This memorandum is no longer in effect.

                     ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE

                      WASHINGTON, D.C.  20301-3040

                               APRIL 17, 1992


COMMAND, CONTROL
 COMMUNICATIONS
       AND
  INTELLIGENCE


MEMORANDUM FOR SECRETARIES OF THE MILITARY DEPARTMENTS
                  DIRECTOR, DEFENSE RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING
                  DIRECTORS OF THE DEFENSE AGENCIES

SUBJECT:    Delegations of Authority and Clarifying Guidance on Waivers from
            the Use of the Ada Programming Language

      It has come to my attention that there may be confusion regarding the
application of Ada waiver policies.  This was highlighted in the September
1991 GAO report "PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE: Defense Policies and Plans for
Implementing Ada" which found that Defense components were not consistently
interpreting and applying the Ada waiver criteria.

      By the December 2, 1991, Deputy Secretary of Defense memorandum
(Attachment 1), "Delegation of Authorities and Assignment of Duties Under the
Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1992," I was designated as the
official who may grant special exemptions relating to the Ada programming
language.  This memorandum authorized redelegation to "civilian officers of
the Department of Defense appointed by the President with the advice and
consent of the Senate."  Authority is hereby redelegated to the Director,
Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E) to grant special exemptions for
software that is physically part of, dedicated to, or essential in real time
to the mission performance of weapon systems; used for weapon system
specialized training, simulation, diagnostic test and maintenance, or
calibration; or used for research and development of weapon systems.  In
addition, authority is hereby redelegated to the Secretaries of the Military
Departments to grant special exemptions for all other software under their
responsibility except for DoD Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) which
shall be forwarded to the ASD(C3I) through the Director, Defense Intelligence
Agency.  Within the limits stated above, this authority may be further
redelegated.

      Directors of the Defense Agencies shall submit requests for waivers to
the ASD(C3I).

      To ensure uniform understanding and application, the following
guidelines are promulgated.

      (1)  All new development or modification of DoD software will comply
with this policy, DoD Directive 3405.1, "Computer Programming Language
Policy," and DoD Instruction 5000.2, "Defense Acquisition Management Policies
and Procedures," regardless of size, cost, or functional application.

      (2)  A separate economic analysis is not required to support the
selection of Ada.  Use of Ada is presumed cost effective for all new
development or modification of more than one-third of a functional component
of DoD software for an application.  In such cases, Ada must be used unless a
waiver is granted.

      (3)  Waivers from the use of Ada are required for the development of
modification of any non-Ada code not specifically excluded in paragraph F.2.,
of DoD Directive 3405.1  The decision to use "other technologies" as specified
in the definition of Advanced Software Technology (AST) must be supported by
documentation showing that the benefits specified in the AST definition are
met.  Provide this documentation to the designated waiver authority.
Amplification of terms within paragraph F.2. is attached (Attachment 2).

      Enforcement of these policies is essential.  Each DoD Component is
expected to ensure compliance with these policies when performing the
life-cycle management reviews established in DoD Directive 7902.1 and DoD
Instruction 5000.2 and prior to the release of software procurement
solicitations.

      Any Military Department/Agency policies that do not comply with the
guidance outlined in this memorandum shall be cancelled.

                                 Duane P. Andrews

Attachments

cc:
Assistant Secretaries of Defense
Comptroller
Inspector General, DoD
Director of Operational Test and Evaluation
Director for C4 (J-6), Joint Staff

                                ATTACHMENT 1

The text of Attachment 1 is not included in this electronic copy.

Attachment 1 is a Memorandum of the Deputy Secretary of Defense, dated 2 DEC
1991, signed D. J. Atwood.  This memorandum "delegates authorities and assigns
duties to officers of the Department of Defense to execute the Department of
Defense Appropriations Act, 1992 (H.R. 2521, 102d Cong., November 26,
1991)...".
                                ATTACHMENT 2

                                    TERMS

Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS):   System or application software already
developed, tested, and for sale to other DoD or commercial customers,
supported by a commercial vendor over the system life-cycle, and requiring no
unique government modifications or maintenance over the system life-cycle.

          For example:  Operating systems, utilities, libraries,
self-contained applications programs, spreadsheets, and vendor updates
thereto.

Advanced Software Technology (AST):  Software tools, life-cycle support
environments (including programming support environments), non-procedural
languages, modern database management systems, and other technologies that
provide significant improvements in productivity, usability, maintainability,
portability, etc., over those capabilities commonly in use.

          For example:  Use of CASE tools, SQL (ANSI FIPS 127-1) with
compliant COTS database management systems, and graphic/window environments.


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