Mil-OSS WG2 in Washington D.C. August 2-5, 2010


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Military Open-Source Software Group Will Meet in Washington Aug. 2-5

WASHINGTON, D.C., AUG 2-5, 2010 — The Military Open Source Software (Mil-OSS) community will hold its Second Annual Working Group (WG2) Aug. 2-5 in Washington, D.C.

Mil-OSS addresses the push for military adoption of open-source software/technology and the associated collaborative innovation philosophies. This year's conference will focus on cyber security, among other topics.

This non-classified event is open to all interested parties. Space is limited to 175 attendees.

"This conference is for civilians, academics, people in uniform, contractors – anyone who is using open-source software to build military capabilities and complete missions," said Joshua L. Davis, co-founder of the community, coordinator of the event and a research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). "You can't web-search for what other people are doing in this area. You really have to meet face-to-face, get to know one another, see what the community is doing, and focus on building partnerships."

A distinguished group of keynote speakers and guest speakers will attend the meeting, said Davis.

Keynote addresses will be offered by Retired Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder Jr. of the George Mason University research faculty; by Lt. Col. Nate Allen, a division chief in the U.S Army's Office of Business Transformation, who will speak on "MilSuite, CompanyCommanderForum, and PlatoonLeaderForum"; and by HD Moore, chief security officer at Rapid7 and founder of the Metasploit project, who will speak on "Open Source Cyber Weaponry."

Guest speakers will include Douglas Maughan, program manager, Department of Homeland Security, speaking on "Homeland Open Security Technologies (HOST)"; Daniel Risacher, of the DoD CIO office, who will give an "Update on DoD OSS Policy"; and Maj. James D. Neushul, 1 MEF Future Operations, Commo/IMO, who will offer an "Update on Keeping It Stupid Stupid."

Organizers are planning an open agenda, with some 32 presentations scheduled so far. Talk headings include Cloud/IT, OSS Proj, Cyber/Security, Geo, Business, Ignite and Miscellaneous. There are also plans to incorporate a BarCamp.

Registration cost for the conference is $450 for attendees and $350 for speakers. The event will take place at the Waterview Conference Center in Washington.

For complete information on registration, attendance and other topics, visit

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