Marcus D. Edwards
When most people hear the phrase “Open Source” they perceive this to mean “Free Cost, Free Use and Profit-Free”. While this is partially true in some cases, the actual meaning of “Open Source” is “Free License with the agenda of increasing ones Market Share”. Google’s Linux based Android operating system is a prime example of an Open Source Solution success story currently installed and activated in over 1-Billion devices world-wide and used without registration in many more. The reality is that our customer’s view of procurement is evolving, consequently requiring that the defense industry evolve along with them. The Department of Defense (DoD) has been gradually and consistently advocating for the more frequent use of Open Source platforms and software for more capable and agile acquisition practices that ultimately reduce costs and improve schedule.
Leading defense contractors have successfully integrated Open Source Solutions (OSS) on unclassified systems to acquire and implement advanced functionality earlier in the systems development life cycle (SDLC) process. This has resulted in increased system capabilities, significantly reduced development cost and notably increased flexibility in the schedule for Integration & Test and Quality Assurance activities. These cost and schedule savings translates directly into more profitable NG programs, product lines and ventures.
The use of commercial use OSS is a bit of an enigma and is sparingly used within defense industry due to intellectual property rights and legal considerations. This project will employ Systems Engineering principles to define a refined and repeatable OSS process for identifying proven elements that have made previous OSS programs successfully.