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Technology collaboration by means of an open source government
Author(s): Steven M. Berardi
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Paper Abstract

The idea of open source software originally began in the early 1980s, but it never gained widespread support until recently, largely due to the explosive growth of the Internet. Only the Internet has made this kind of concept possible, bringing together millions of software developers from around the world to pool their knowledge. The tremendous success of open source software has prompted many corporations to adopt the culture of open source and thus share information they previously held secret. The government, and specifically the Department of Defense (DoD), could also benefit from adopting an open source culture. In acquiring satellite systems, the DoD often builds walls between program offices, but installing doors between programs can promote collaboration and information sharing. This paper addresses the challenges and consequences of adopting an open source culture to facilitate technology collaboration for DoD space acquisitions. DISCLAIMER: The views presented here are the views of the author, and do not represent the views of the United States Government, United States Air Force, or the Missile Defense Agency.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 May 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7330, Sensors and Systems for Space Applications III, 73300V (6 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.817618
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Steven M. Berardi, U.S. Air Force (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7330:
Sensors and Systems for Space Applications III
Joseph L. Cox; Pejmun Motaghedi, Editor(s)

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