Lockheed Martin has given a nonprofit organization the copyright of a search engine program the company designed to help the Defense Department to promote international intelligence information exchanges and interoperability.
The company donated the source code of the Distributed Data Framework to the Codice Foundation, a group that advocates for open source projects in the government, Lockheed said Wednesday.
Previously, only users of DoD’s Distributed Common Ground System were able to share critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information through the DDF, according to the company.
Jim Quinn, vice president of C4ISR systems at Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, said the company gave source code away with the goal of opening new ways to distribute information throughout a wider intelligence market.
Lockheed’s internal research and development staff and DCGS Multi-Service Execution Team Office built DDF to connect users with information without needing commercial program licenses.