Update: Continued Progress of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Collaborative Software Development Environment

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(3.00, 1 rating) is the groundbreaking collaborative software development environment designed to improve the ability of the Department of Defense (DoD) to rapidly deliver dependable software, services, and systems. In addition to the SoftwareForge component of, a collaborative environment for the shared development of open source and DoD community source software, the DoD recently launched the ProjectForge component, a SaaS version of SoftwareForge designed to meet the application development needs of private-access projects.

In this session, Guy Martin, Community Manager, and Rob Vietmeyer, chief technologist at DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency, the information systems group for the U.S. Department of Defense) and Project Director, will together provide insight into the continued progress of, which has garnered thousands of members and hundreds of projects since its inception, most notably the DoD’s Defense Common Ground Station Integrated Backbone (DIB) project. Through, the DIB has become the common infrastructure for the Army, Navy, and Air Force to collaborate and share IT assets via the Cloud, vastly streamlining development efforts to process intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data.

Learn from first-hand experience how open source principles are transforming the way the DoD develops software, with an emphasis on updates and progress since last year’s OSCON.

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Guy Martin


Guy Martin is a Community Management & Strategic Consultant at CollabNet. In addition to helping customers build collaborative communities using Open Source best practices, he provides high-level strategic guidance in the cultural and organizational changes necessary to best take advantage of CollabNet’s Agile ALM tools. He has over 15 years of experience in software engineering, technical marketing, and community management. Prior to CollabNet, he helped develop collaborative communities for Motorola and Sun Microsystems.

Mr. Martin was awarded a Federal 100 award in 2010 by Federal Computer Week for his work on the project. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA.

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Aaron Lippold

Computer Scientist and Senior Technical Adviser for the
project, the Chief Information Assurance Executive, the Chief
Information Officer and the Chief Technology Officer of the Defense
Information Systems Agency on issues of Security, Information
Assurance and Open Technology. Aaron is very proud to be one of the
formative Community Managers for the Project with an active
community of over 10,000 users and growing.

Mr. Lippold is an active proponent and driving force for Open
Technology and Open Methods for DISA and the Department of Defense.

Prior to joining DISA, Mr. Lippold was a Research Programmer at the
National Center for Supercomputing Applications working on High
Performance Computing projects running Linux RedHat on IBM platforms.

Aaron Lippold is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a
degree in Computer Science, Mathematics and English Interpretive