Naval War College Review


One of the most prominent, if sometimes controversial, figures in software engineering resigned in 1985 from the Panel on Computing in Support of Battle Management of the Strategic Defense Initiative Office, publishing a series of essays declaring it unlikely that the program would meet the goals implicitly set forth by President Ronald Reagan for the SDI program.1 Two decades later, this assessment has gained in pertinence as transformation technologies be- come reality and reliance increases on network-centric operations and C4ISR* assets to achieve critical operational objectives. Concern has spread even to the level of individual tactical units, while the potential persists for damage or at least costly friction and lost options at the strategic level.2