Episode 29: OSS in the US Military

Posted on 2012/08/14 by


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The US DoD develops and maintains huge amounts of software for all aspects of military life. In episode 29 we talk about the challenges and benefits of use of open source tools in regards to Military software culture, acquisition or contracting with open source, and handling security of both code and data used in Miltary applications.

Today’s panel includes:

  • John Scott (special guest)
  • Luis Ibáñez (special guest)
  • Chuck Atkins (special guest)
  • Andy R. Terrel (moderator)
  • Matt McCormick (organizer)

John Scott drafted the U.S. Department of Defense policy for the use of open source software and is often called as an expert in this area. He founded (now co-chairman) Open Source for America, an advocacy group for use of open source software in government and the Military Open Source Software Working Group (http://mil-oss.org/). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and writes about defense software and acquisitions related issues, recently at Defense News entitled “Pentagon Is Losing the Softwar(e).”

Luis Ibáñez is a Technical Leader at Kitware, Inc. He is one of the Editors of the Insight Journal, the only Journal with reproducible papers in the medical imaging field.

Chuck Atkins is currently involved as an R&D Engineer for the Computer Vision team at Kitware.  At Kitware, he is a driving force in pushing for the public release of their software and research efforts with DARPA and the DoD. He also actively maintains the build and test infrastructure for the open source LAPACK project for numerical linear algebra.

Show Links:

  1. Mil-OSS
  2. Forge.mil
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