WSO2 Federal Systems Director of Solutions to Speak on Transforming Legacy Defense Systems with Open Source Middleware at Mil-OSS LANT 2013

Presentation will examine drivers and constraints impacting defense C2 acquisitions and the leverage provided by open source platforms to achieve sustainable, secure and adaptable defense systems for the 21st century

Alexandria, VA – July 29, 2013 – WSO2 today announced that WSO2 Federal Systems Director of Solutions Adam Firestone will deliver a presentation at Mil-OSS LANT 2013, "Transformation of Legacy Defense Systems Through the Use of Open Source Middleware." The event will run August 6-8, 2013 at the Crowne Plaza Charleston in Charleston, SC.

Transforming Legacy Defense Systems with Open Source Middleware

In his presentation, Adam will explore how service-oriented architecture (SOA) principles around granular, modular, composable and interoperable services—applied either on the platform or the cloud—can help the acquisitions community field affordable command and control (C2) systems that push “power to the edge” and enable the operational community to shorten decision cycle times and enable autonomously self-synchronizing operations.

Adam will begin by examining current environmental challenges in the C2 acquisitions space. He will then explore the requirement for transformation and the baseline from which the transformation departs. These include the nature of current C2 technologies, erroneous technical expectations and assumptions, the community’s understanding of SOA and deprecated security paradigms. Additionally, Adam will discuss the operational drivers militating toward a technological and doctrinal transformation and how they have been impacted by fiscal realities. Finally, Adam will introduce the history of US government support for the use of open source software, identify key C2 capabilities that can be enabled through the use of open source software, and explain how open source is a key enabler for both legacy system transformation and improved cyber security.

About the Presenter

Adam WSO2 Federal Systems director of solutions. A former US Army officer and defense industry IT engineering principal, Adam has led the design and development of critical weapons and command and control systems, as well as spearheading the integration of open source software and principles within the defense enterprise. Prior to joining WSO2, Adam most recently served as principal systems engineer at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), based in McLean, VA. There, he was responsible for the design and implementation of SOA principles within existing and developmental military response programs, including a major precision-guided weapon and a portable integration platform for joint unmanned systems.

About Mil-OSS LANT 2013

Hosted by the Military Open Source Software (Mil-OSS) Working Group, Mil-OSS LANT 2013 is the second Atlantic chapter region annual training summit, hosted in Charleston SC. The event brings together military and civilian government employees, contractors and industry experts to discuss the defense-industry open source advocacy. This year’s event will be held in conjunction with annual MIL OSS LANT training summit in Charleston, SC. and hosted by the Mil-OSS Charleston Chapter. Mil-OSS LANT 2013 will focus on open source initiatives championed and support by SPAWAR Atlantic, industry partners and other government agencies. For more information, visit:

About WSO2

WSO2 is the lean enterprise middleware company. It delivers the only complete open source enterprise SOA middleware stack purpose-built as an integrated platform to support today’s heterogeneous enterprise environments—internally and in the cloud. WSO2’s service and support team is led by technical experts who have proven success in deploying enterprise SOAs and contribute to the technology standards that enable them. For more information, visit or check out the WSO2 community on the WSO2 Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and FriendFeed..