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Open Source
New DoD Paradigm, or Business as Usual?

September 14 , 2006
Hyatt Hotel
2799 Jeff Davis Highway
Arlington, VA 22202
(703) 418-1234

Meeting 6A04

In conjunction with

The Under Secretary of Defense, Advanced Systems and Concepts, Open Technology Development Initiative

The Open Source Software Institute

National Center for Open Source Policy and Research

Sponsored by

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Conference Graphic of Blue Rings of Water

| Agenda | Purpose | Registration | Lodging/Directions |

About this conference


Keynote Speakers:

Brian Behlendorf, Director of the Mozilla Foundation. He is a retired Director of the Apache Software Foundation and co-founder of CollabNet.

Brian Stevens, CTO and Vice President, Engineering, Red Hat.

Other speakers include:

  • Jason Matusow, Director, Standards Affairs, Microsoft Corporation
  • Dennis Wisnosky, CTO, Business Transformation Agency
  • John Lever, Director of Information Architecture Governance, Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command
  • Terry Mitchell, ADUSD (AS&C), Command and Control
  • Paul Schoen, Boeing, Director, SoSCOE, Future Combat System
  • Fritz Schulz, Office of the CTO, Defense Information Systems Agency
  • Doug Levin, President and CEO, Black Duck Software

Click here for full agenda (as of September 11, 2006)

Nicole Peterson at (703) 247-9474 or [email protected]

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Open Source.  The term conjures numerous meanings and implications.  It has come into widespread use in the public domain.  In the defense community its meaning is usually tied to software, such as the Linux operating system.  Open source methodologies have increasingly been employed to produce popular software such as Linux, Apache, Mozilla, and Mediawiki. 

Is Open Source a new paradigm for DoD, or will its adoption lead to loss of control, increased failures and vulnerability of our computer-based, highly networked systems?  The prospect of placing open source software in defense systems is an anathema to many who see it as an uncontrollable vulnerability. 

How can DoD be assured of quality, reliability and security if they adopt open source products?  There are already examples of OSS being used in DoD and in mission critical roles.  The FCS System of Systems Common Operating Environment (SOSCOE) is based on the Linux operating system, "it’s an open-source system and will have many of the off-the-shelf capabilities that are there or being developed in the commercial world,"

This conference addresses open source as a methodology for establishing:

  • Collaborative technology development communities
  • Open source code and reference implementations
  • Open standards and interfaces
  • Technological agility
  • Services-based architectures

It also addresses head on the issues of trust, vulnerability and assurance that open source concepts create in the Defense arena, and presents some highly visible case studies that explore how, and under what conditions, OSS has been effectively deployed.

The conference is targeted at those concerned with finding solutions to the issues common to information sharing initiatives; those concerned with duplication of efforts or adoption of competing technologies and standards; and those who desire the nation to be more secure from terror and more responsive to crises while being fiscally responsible and protecting citizen privacy.

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Registration Fees

Meeting 6A04




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On-line registration is now closed. To register, Download the Registration Form (PDF file), fill it out and fax back NLT Wednesday, September 13 by 12:00 noon. Payment in full is due with all registrations.
Contact Betsy Lauer at (703) 247-9473.

Attire (Uniform/Dress code)
The appropriate dress for this conference is business casual.

• Industry/Civilian: Business Casual (open collar)
• Active Duty Military: Working Uniform (Class A) / (Modified Class B) or service equivalent

Identification Badges
Each attendee will be provided with an identification badge during on-site registration. This badge must be worn while attending the meeting. ALL ATTENDEES MUST PRESENT A VALID, Government PICTURE I.D. (Driver's License), when picking up their badge. Conference badges are to be worn at all times during event.

Cancellations, Substitutions, and Requests for Refunds
All cancellations, substitutions, and requests for refunds must be done so in writing. Substitutions are welcome! Registrants who are unable to attend the meeting must fax their cancellation/refund request to (703) 522-3192 or email to [email protected] on or before September 1, 2006. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after 5:00 PM EST this date. Refunds will not be issued for no-shows. A $75 administrative fee will be applied to ALL cancellations received before September 1, 2006.

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The Hyatt Regency Crystal City should have a limited number of rooms available. AFEI does not have a specific room block however. Individual room cancellations must be made by 6:00 pm on day of arrival to avoid a one night room and tax charge.

Please call (703) 418-1234 to make direct reservations with the hotel.

Hotel Directions (PDF).

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