Linux in Camouflage

Here is how the U.S. military is using Linux to save you money.
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The Leader Development Center's computer training facility is a networked suite of twelve student systems and one instructor system. A 42-inch Mitsubishi monitor allows the students to easily follow the instructor.

LDC Classes

The classes are kept small, with two instructors for twelve students. The students who attend training at the LDC are the key staff and trainers for their division. Our low student-faculty ratio ensures that the students master the concepts and skills required to successfully use these systems with their home units. The student success rate has been extremely high. Some of those who have attended are currently using Linux on their home or business systems or, are systems administrators on Unix or other systems.

Using equipment and software provided by the Leader Development Center, each division has established its own training facility and program. The experience from these division training programs is providing the basis for fine tuning the LDC program for implementation in the other National Guard Divisions.


The use of Linux has accelerated the development and issuance of computer systems to the National Guard and U.S. Army. The decreased cost of hardware and software actually makes the systems affordable. Without Linux, these complex and important systems would not be available.

Joel D. Hart started playing with computers in 1970 programming in PL/1 using 029 card punches. He earned a B.S. and a M.S. at Clemson University and a Ph.D. at Mississippi State. Even after being badgered by his son, he still hasn't switched to Linux on his home machine. He can be reached via e-mail at