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Linux Journal: DARPA Hoists the Red, White and GNU

Jan 24, 2001, 01:57 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

[ Thanks to Don Marti for this link. ]

"In a dramatic US military endorsement of free software's security strengths, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is beginning a research program to develop future high-security information technology systems based on today's open-source operating systems. The agency is currently seeking proposals from researchers for the initial $10 million, two-year phase of the five-year program. The research will be a step toward the Defense Department's 'Joint Vision 2010' and 'Joint Vision 2020' technology plans, which emphasize information dominance over the enemy for 'total battlespace awareness.'

"According to the solicitation for proposals on DARPA's web site, 'These trusted operating system capabilities will be created by engaging the Open Source development community in the development of security functionality for existing open-source operating systems.' In other words, military security development is coming soon to your friendly neighborhood CVS server, and, by the way, free software licenses mean that you won't have to wait, or negotiate technology transfer red tape, to benefit from spinoffs...."

"NSA already has a program to develop a Security Enhanced Linux, based on kernel version 2.2.12, that implements some advanced security concepts including role-based access control."

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