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Clarifying Guidance Regarding Open Source Software (OSS)

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Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, Clarifying Guidance Regarding Open Source Software (OSS) (Oct.16, 2009) (full-text).

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To effectively achieve its missions, the Department of Defense must develop and update its software-based capabilities faster than ever, to anticipate new threats and respond to continuously changing requirements. The use of Open Source Software (OSS) can provide advantages in this regard. This memorandum provides clarifying guidance on the use of OSS and supersedes the previous DoD CIO memorandum dated May 28, 2003 (reference (a)).

The continuous and broad peer-review enabled by publicly available source code supports software reliability and security efforts through the identification and elimination of defects that might otherwise go unrecognized by a more limited core development team.

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