The SHARP evolution: development of the Sierra Hotel Aviation reporting program from the deck plates
Williamson, Christopher Loyal
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Due to constant changes in the military environment, operations tempo, resource limitations, and leadership directives, the fashion in which the military computes its training and readiness is constantly in flux. Previous readiness calculations were accomplished from simple two-dimensional models of qualifications by dates. With the increase of more sophisticated requirements, a new six-dimensional model of training and readiness was invented to compute and even predict future readiness levels, for aviation as outlined in the Training and Readiness Manual CNAP INST/CNAL INST 3500 Series. Due to the complex requirements of the new T & R Manual, a software tool was required to track post-flight data and compute aviation combat readiness. The T & R Manual is revised at irregular intervals by independent type wings, resulting in a constant requirement to re-develop existing readiness models and tracking programs. To fulfill this requirement, a team of Naval Aviators with a combination of software engineering expertise, military operations, and project management experience was created to develop a modular based rapid prototype application. This thesis will review the unique software development models utilized in rapid military application development, contrasting with existing application development models, and the utilization of non-traditional techniques to meet defense readiness requirements. This thesis will also review other readiness tracking systems to compare and contrast the ability to meet the diverse needs of fleet readiness models through efficient software development.
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