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Achieving Better Buying Power for Mobile Open Architecture Software Systems Through Diverse Acquisition Scenarios

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University of California -Institute for Software Research Irvine United States

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The U.S. Defense community denotes an ecosystem of system or software componentproducers, system integrators, and customer organizations. For a variety of reasons thiscommunity now embraces the need to utilize open source software OSS and proprietaryclosed source software CSS in the system capabilities or software components it acquires,design, develops, deploys, and sustains. But the long-term transition to agile and adaptivecapabilities that integrate bespoke or legacy, OSS and CSS components, has surfaced anumber of issues that require acquisition-research-led approaches and solutions. In thispaper, we identify and describe six key issues now found in the Defense software ecosystem1 unknown or unclear software architectural representations 2 how to best deal withdiverse, heterogeneous software IP licenses 3 how to address cybersecurity requirements4 challenges arising in software integration and release pipelines 5 how OSS evolutionpatterns transform software IP and cybersecurity requirements and 6 the emergence ofnew business models for software distribution, cost accounting, and software distribution. Weuse the domain of command and control systems under different acquisition scenarios as ourfocus to help illuminate these issues along the way. We close with suggestions for how toresolve them.

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