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Patrick Henry Library, Vienna; FDA Silver Spring; MITRE Bedford MA; MITRE Eatontow; MITRE Aberdeen,
Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna, VA 22180
FDA, Bld 66, room G512, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD
Various, Maryland

Feb 25, 2014    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm (GMT -5:00) EST

Open Source Software and



by: David Wheeler

Tuesday February 25, 2014


Open source software has become widely used in the U.S. government, including the U.S. Department of Defense, but many myths persist.  This presentation will discuss issues connecting open source software and government, for example, why nearly all open source software is commercial software and why that matters.  It will also discuss when software developed using U.S. government funds may be released as open source software.


Dr. David Wheeler works at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA); he is an expert on open source software (OSS) and on developing secure software. His works on OSS include "Why Open Source Software / Free Software (OSS/FS)? Look at the Numbers!", "How to Evaluate OSS/FS Programs", "Publicly Releasing Open Source Software Developed for the U.S. Government", and "Open Source Software is Commercial". He also helped develop the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) policy on OSS. His works on developing secure software include "Secure Programming for Linux and Unix HOWTO" and "Fully Countering Trusting Trust through Diverse Double-Compiling (DDC)". Other works of his include "Software Inspection: An Industry Best Practice" and "Ada 95: The Lovelace Tutorial".


Dr. Wheeler has a PhD in Information Technology, a Master's in Computer Science, a certificate in Information Security, and a B.S. in Electronics Engineering, all from George Mason University (GMU). He lives in Northern Virginia.

Tuesday February 25, 2014

6:30 PM � Networking and Pizza

7:00 � 8:00 PM � Program

 There is no cost to attend at McLean, Silver Spring, and Annapolis Junction


The presentation will originate at the McLean facility, with video tele-conferencing (VTC) between:

MITRE-2, room 1N100

7515 Colshire Drive

McLean, VA 22102

host: Scott Ankrum

cell: 240-731-7581

FDA, Bld 66, room G512

10903 New Hampshire Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20993
host: James Simpson

cell: 301-996-4976

MITRE, Northgate Building A

209 Research Blvd., Room# 02-301

Aberdeen, MD 21001

host: Richard Eng

cell: 703-201-9112



MITRE, room 2503

260 Industrial Way West

Eatontown, NJ 07724

host: Aaron Dagen

desk: 732-578-6301

MITRE, room 6FD111

300 Sentinel Drive

Annapolis Junction, MD

Meg Weinberg: 410-707-2211

Tom Everett: 978-852-2400


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If you can host another location via VTC, please contact Scott Ankrum (below)


Join online meeting  https://meet.mitre.org/salwa/1MQ3M136

Join by Phone  +1 (703) 983-2020

Conference ID: 6168561

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Registration Website: https://asq509.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/26913


You must register by noon on Monday, February 24.  If you cannot attend at any location, select telephone dial-in when you register.  FDA (Silver Spring) cannot host non-citizen visitors.  If not a US citizen, please provide your title, employer, and address.  Allow 2 business days for registration before the meeting.


For registration problems or further information contact Scott Ankrum at: or 703-983-6127


Software SIG Chairman:      T. Scott Ankrum (ASQ & IEEE)

Software SIG Committee:    Tom Neff, Roger Hardwicke, James L. de la Houssaye, Manny Castillo, Salwa M Abdul-Rauf, Richard Eng, Rhonda L. Farrell, Alfred Kromholz, James M. Simpson, Chris Jones, Lance Kelson,  Meg Weinberg, Tom Everett, Aaron Dagen


Sponsored Jointly By: The American Society for Quality (ASQ), Washington DC & Maryland Metro Section (509), Software Special Interest Group (SSIG); IEEE Computer Society, Washington, DC & Northern Virginia Chapters; and Society for Software Quality (SSQ), Washington, DC Area Chapter.  Members of the ASQ SSIG include software quality professionals, software engineers, and others interested in applying quality principles to the field of software development.  See our web page: https://asq509.org/ht/d/sp/i/2499/pid/2499.  We meet every month, usually at the MITRE facility in McLean, Virginia, with VTC to other locations.


Next Month:  �Building a Software Assurance Road-map and Using It Effectively� by Robert Martin on Tuesday, March 25, 2014