Congress Plugs Open Source For US Military

In an important milestone for open source, a draft defense authorizing act in Congress includes wording plugging open source software. Both cost and software security appears to be considerations.

“It’s rare to see a concept as technical as open-source software in a federal funding bill. But the House’s proposed National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (H.R. 5658) includes language that calls for military services to consider open-source software when procuring manned or unmanned aerial vehicles.”