Lockheed Martin’s Distributed Data Framework (DDF), used to share intelligence within the Department of Defense, is now open source. The company donated it to the Codice Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports government-based open-source projects.
Previously available only within the defense community, DDF is the core component of the software that enables data-sharing by users of the Distributed Common Ground System.
“Providing unencumbered access to the DDF source code helps reduce future integration and life-cycle costs and ushers in a new level of opportunity for international interoperability,” Lockheed said in a news release. “The DDF can query multiple computer systems, access the requested data, authenticate the user, and then provide the user with only the information they are authorized to receive.”
“This new delivery mechanism for DDF significantly reduces the barrier to entry for our international partners willing to share data and collaborate between systems,” said Rich Radcliffe, director of U.S. Battlefield Information Collection and Exploitation Systems and International Intelligence Programs at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.