Enhancing Efficiency with Commercial Software
The Sept. 14, 2010, memorandum, "Betting Buying Power: Guidance for Obtaining Greater Efficiency and Productivity in Defense Spending," issued by Ashton Carter, U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (ATL), includes specific guidance for "doing more without more." It is well-recognized that, where commercially available software meets a program need, it is significantly less costly than custom-built and maintained code. Furthermore, the Defense Science Board noted that the maintenance cost for commercial software can be as much as 10 times lower than that for free and open source (FOS) software.