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Application Software
  • Routines and programs designed by, or for system (Functional) users and customers. Through the use of available automated system equipment and basic software, application software completes specific, mission-oriented tasks, jobs, or functions. It can be either general purpose packages, such as demand deposit accounting, payroll, machine tool control, and so forth, or specific application programs tailored to complete a single or limited number of user functions, for example, base-level personnel, depot maintenance, missile or satellite tracking, and so forth. Except for general purpose packages that are acquired directly from software vendors or from the original equipment manufacturers (OEM), this type of software is generally developed by users either with in-house resources or through contract services. (AFR 205-16;)
  • Mission support or mission specific software programs designed by, or for, system users and customers. By using available computer system equipment and operating system software, application software completes specific, mission-oriented tasks, jobs, or functions. It can be either general-purpose packages, such as demand deposit accounting, payroll, machine tool control, or specific application programs tailored to complete a single or limited number of user functions.