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Release No: 617-95
November 21, 1995


The Army Software Technology for Adaptable, Reliable Systems (STARS) Demonstration Project received one of the 1995 Federal Technology Leadership Awards in a ceremony held in Washington, D.C., on November 15, 1995. The Award is sponsored by Government Executive magazine to recognize federal projects that have made exceptional contributions to mission effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and service to the public through the use of automated information systems.

The Army STARS project is managed by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and the Army Communication-Electronics Command Software Engineering Directorate, and is one of three STARS demonstration projects sponsored by ARPA. Participating contractors include Ilex Corporation, Shrewsbury, N.J., and Loral Defense Systems-East, Reston, Va.

The Army STARS project brought innovative approaches to building software into practical use in the area of intelligence and electronic warfare. The project expects a 40 percent reduction in support costs, and a significant improvement in functionality and maintainability of the Army Guardrail Common Sensor. In addition, because of the success of the innovative software development methods demonstrated in this project, the Army has been able to field the Guardrail Common Sensor software earlier than originally planned. The Army plans to apply the knowledge gained to software development for other missions as well.

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Paul G. Kaminski lauded the projects efforts, saying, "The promise of Ôfaster, better, cheaper' software is achievable, and the Army STARS Demonstration Project is showing the way."

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