How the Defense Department Defends the Use of Open Source Software

AOL Government, 10/29/12

The use of open source software might seem paradoxical inside the Department of Defense (DOD) or at best, a relatively recent development.

It would be a mistake, however, to assume that the government has only recently discovered open source software, said Dan Risacher, associate director for information enterprise strategy and policy in the DOD Chief Information Officer's office.

Risacher, speaking at technology symposium last week, noted that the DOD has been using open source software for more than a decade, adding that the reach and scope of those applications continues to grow, especially with the widespread adoption of cloud computing environments.