State-of-the-Art Reports (SOARs)

SOARs are CSIAC publications that provide in-depth analysis of current technologies, research, and the latest technical information available on a topic within any of the CSIAC technical focus areas.

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Agile Software Development

The purpose of this report is to address this interest and provide a comprehensive overview of the current State-of-the-Art as well as State-of-the-Practice for Agile Methods. The first section discusses the history behind the trend,…

Malicious Code

This SOAR, which updates earlier reports to DoD on the subject of malicious code, describes common detection, and prevention techniques, and provides pointers to resources for enhancing organizational information security. This update was considered necessary…

Exploring Biotechnology: Opportunities for the Department of Defense

(.mil/.gov ONLY) Biotechnology has revolutionary potential for a broad range of U.S. military capabilities. Further, because of the United State’s unparalleled lead in research and development, biotechnology presents the opportunity to recast the framework of…

Measuring the Effects of Network Centric Warfare: Exploring Belief Metrics in Warfare Critical Review & Technology Assessment (CR/TA) Report

This report is the second in a series, which identifies key metrics for measuring the effects of network-centric warfare (NCW). Volume I introduced two sets of metrics associated with the Reason (i.e., Command and Control)…

Software Tools for Knowledge Management

A variety of software tools for knowledge management have become available, some commercial and some academic. Not all tools that are labeled KM tools are indeed KM tools; their vendors attempt to make them more…

Knowledge Management in Software Engineering

Is knowledge management one of those hyped concepts that rise quickly, ambitiously claims to cure organizational headaches, and then fails and falls quietly? Or is it an instrument that will really help organizations address some…

Verification, Validation, and Accreditation (VV&A) Automated Support Tools

This MSIAC State of the Art Report provides a compendium and an analysis of COTS, GOTS, and developmental automated tools that can be applied to the verification, validation, and accreditation (VV&A) of individual models and…

Modeling and Simulation for Information Assurance

The subject of Information Assurance (IA) has received increased attention over the last several years in the military modeling and simulation (M&S) community and, even more so, in the public domain. In the public domain,…

Configuration Management Compliance Validation

The increasing technological sophistication of the Department of Defense (DoD) leads to a dependency on technology that, in turn, represents potentially crippling vulnerabilities. DoD is dependent upon advanced weapon systems and Command, Control, Communications, Computers,…

Commercial-Off-the-Shelf Based Software Development and Integration

The goal of this report is to survey the state of the practice in Commercial-Off-the-Shelf COTS-based development. The report discusses the definition of COTS and COTS-based systems. Then it lists and discusses pros, cons, and…

Using Cost Benefit Analyses to Develop Software Process Improvement (SPI) Strategies

The purpose of this State of the Art Report (SOAR) is to organize the costs and benefits of Software Process Improvement (SPI) strategies, methods, approaches, and alternatives into a form and methodology that enables software…

Mining Software Engineering Data: A Survey

This report discusses the state-of-the-art, as well as recent advances in the use of data mining techniques as applied to software process and product information. This report includes: a discussion on data mining techniques and…