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Title: Emerging Issues in the Acquisition of Open Source Software within the US Department of Defense
Authors: Walt Scacchi
Thomas Alspaugh
Keywords: Open Architecture (OA) and Open Technology(OT)
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2009
Publisher: Acquisition Research Program
Citation: Published--Unlimited Distribution
Series/Report no.: Open Source Software
Abstract: In the past five or so years, it has become clear that the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy have all committed to a strategy of acquiring software-intensive systems that require or utilize an open architectur (OA) and open technology (OT) that may incorporate OSS technology or OSS development processes. There are many perceived benefits and anticipated cost savings associated with an OA strategy. However, the challenge for acquisition program managers is how to realize the savings and benefits through requirements that can be brought into system development practice. As such, the central problem we examine in this paper is to identify principles of software architecture and OSS copyright licenses that facilitate or inhibit the success of an OA strategy when OSS and open APIs are required or are otherwise employed. By examining and analyzing this problem, we can begin to identify what additional requirements may be needed to fulfill an OA strategy during program acquisition.
Description: Acquisition Management / Grant-funded Research
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