GAO: Weapons software policy has loophole

Defense Department acquisition and software security policies have loopholes when addressing some risks associated with using foreign suppliers to develop weapons system software, according to a General Accounting Office report.

The GAO investigated 16 software-intensive DOD weapons systems and found that program officials at 11 had very little knowledge of how much software on their systems was being developed by foreign suppliers.

In the report, Defense Acquisitions: Knowledge of Software Suppliers Needed to Manage Risks, GAO added that as weapons systems contain more and more commercial software, program managers need to know early in the acquisition process who is developing the software.

The Defense Department agreed that it needed to enhance its risk management processes and that software security risks should be better defined for weapons systems.

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