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Results of a study undertaken to identify alternative courses of action in policy, management, and organization that would improve the Air Force's ability to acquire, utilize, and exploit its computer resources. Based on information obtained by visiting Air Force projects, interviewing military agencies and commercial firms with experience in large computer systems, and extensive literature review, it is concluded that present problems stem principally from failure to follow a properly structured and managed development process. Five recommendations are presented: (1) establish a focal point for all computer resources management at the ACS level; (2) strengthen the development channel for computer systems within the Air Staff and AFSC; (3) establish centers of expertise in computer technology; (4) strengthen the computer-related career field; (5) strengthen or establish selected Air Force groups to assure that the requirements generation process for computer systems reflects both user needs and technical feasibility. (See also R-1855.)

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