Steering Committee

Joshua L. Davis

Joshua L. DavisJoshua L. Davis is Research Scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, the applied research arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He has nine years of experience in distributed test and evaluation predominately supporting the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army. A majority of this work focused on the design and development of command and control (C2) and communications distributed testing platforms. This work has afforded him the perspective of the value of open source and its application to the U.S. Military.

Josh is also a co-founder of the Military Open Source Software community and believes that the DoD must adopt open technology innovation philosophies to effectively defend this nation.

Since the establishment of Mil-OSS, Mr. Davis' research focuses have shifted toward the application of open source philosophies and cyber security. He holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Computer Science from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia. Additionally he is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH).


John Scott

John Scott John Scott leads the Defense Department’s Open Technology Development (OTD) initiative. OTD lays the groundwork for streamlined adoption of open source methodologies within DoD, which includes both the adoption of private sector open source software and the formation of industry communities of interest around military systems. The impact of these shifts in policy and business process include not only increased agility for the U.S. military, but also an enhanced ability to securely share capabilities with allies and bring both data and technology to bear in disaster response and humanitarian assistance operations.

Previous work as a consultant to DoD includes the development of new design and testing methodologies for military networks. He is also co-chair and a founder of Open Source for America, an advocacy group for open source software in the U.S. Government and serves as the chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association’s Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) division and is a member of the Editorial Board of the DoD SoftwareTech Journal. He currently works for RadiantBlue Technologies, a leader in using open source software in military systems.


Heather Burke

Heather BurkeHeather Burke is an Open Technology Development (OTD) lead at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), Systems Center Atlantic and currently supports various security cooperation related programs within the Department of Defense (DoD). Over the past several years she has primarily focused on Open Source development methodologies that actively engage various open source communities and industry partners helping increase technology adoption and investment within both the open source and government communities. Through her effort, Heather has helped shape and increased the understanding of OSS and OTD policies within the DoD.

Heather holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Engineering from Clemson University and is currently in a Joint Executive Systems Engineering Management program at the Naval Postgraduate School.


Gunnar Hellekson

Gunnar Hellekson Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He was recently named co-chair of Open Source for America and one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 for 2010. He is an active member of the Military Open Source working group and a GTO-21 commissioner. He is specifically interested in cross-domain security, edge innovation, and interagency collaboration through the open source model.

Prior to joining Red Hat, he worked as a developer, systems administrator, and IT director for a number of Internet businesses. He has also been a business and IT consultant to not-for-profit organizations in New York City. During that time, he spearheaded the reform of safety regulations for New York State’s electrical utilities through the Jodie Lane Project.

When he’s not spreading the Good News about open source, he’s wishing he had a dog.


Kane McLean

Kane McLeanKane McLean is part of the Strategy & Communications Group at BRTRC Technology Research Corporation and currently works supporting the Under Secretary of the Army at the United States Army Office of Business Transformation.

An Open Source advocate, evangelist and strategist, Kane works to find the right solutions to clients’ challenges—more often than not Open Source solutions provide the best-fit and prove to be the most flexible long-term solutions. In addition to creating the strong solution strategies, Kane is works to tout the business case for Open Source adoption.

Prior to joining BRTRC, Kane led a company that helped corporations and organizations develop their online presence, enhance their strategic communication and improve their collaboration capabilities by adopting open source web-based technologies. Kane is a former entrepreneur having founded two companies, the last of which he sold in 2008 before becoming a defense contractor.

Kane also serves on the Steering Committee of Open Source For America, a public sector Open Source community.


Daniel Risacher

Daniel RisacherDaniel Risacher is an associate director for Enterprise Services and Integration in the office of the Department of Defense CIO. Dan is a member of the DoD CIO's staff of "net-centric evangelists" advocating the net-centric transformation of the Defense Department for improved information sharing and collaboration. The staff of policy analysts promotes community implementation of the DoD’s Net-Centric Data and Services Strategies to make information visible, accessible, and understandable, as well as promoting the use of service-oriented architectures across the DoD enterprise.

Dan is the DoD CIO lead for policy issues relating to Open Source Software, and also supporting the DoD strategy development for cloud computing and commercial mobile devices.

Previously, Dan was an officer of the United States Air Force. He holds two degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in electrical engineering and computer science. He lives, works and sails in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children.


David A. Wheeler

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


Michael Howard

Michael HowardMichael Howard is the Vice President of Advanced Enterprise Solutions for QinetiQ North America. He was formerly the Command and Control (C2) Deputy Chief Engineer for SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic (SSC-LANT) where he oversaw system engineering and integration across C2 programs. He has been recognized for his efforts in Cloud Computing, Service Oriented Architectures (SOA), Master Data Management (MDM), System of Systems (SoS) Engineering, and SoS Integration. In his current position, he is responsible for transitioning C4ISR systems to Open Source Technologies, Cloud Infrastructures, and to Service Oriented Environments. As one of the leading Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) authorities, he is currently leveraging an open source SOA approach as an enterprise integration enabler. Mr. Howard holds a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of South Carolina.


Winston H Messer

Winston H MesserWinston Messer is a Research Scientist in the Open Technology Branch of Georgia Tech Research Institute's Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory.  Prior to joining GTRI, Messer was the Technical Program Director at the Open Source Software Institute.

Messer has had the privilege of working with DoD and DHS projects and personnel during his time at GTRI & OSSI. He is the current chairman of the Mil-OSS Steering Committee.