Sunday, July 23, 2006

Report advocates open-source approach for software acquisition

"“The business model of purchasing physical goods and services has served DOD well in the past; but it falls short when applied to software acquisition,” the report concluded.

“Currently, within DOD acquisitions programs, software code is reused on a limited basis. For example, within an individual DOD program office, software code from a previous contractor may be shared with a new contractor taking their place. But as a rule, sharing of code across the DOD enterprise does not occur. As a result, the possibility that development funding is wasted by multiple efforts is high,” the report noted.

The report also noted that the use of open-source software would make “industry more likely to compete on ideas and execution versus product lock-in.” "

*Report in PDF format*

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