Trailrunner7 writes "If the United States wants to remain competitive in the global economy and prevent widespread penetrations of its strategic, corporate, and commercial networks, enterprises and government agencies should stop relying on commercial software and go back to writing more of their own custom code. 'If we're going to maintain our place in the world, software is not a strategic problem, it is the strategic problem going forward,' security expert Marcus Ranum said in a speech Tuesday. 'Covert penetration becomes something that you think about on a five, 10, or 20-year scale. Why don't we have a government coding office? We have a government printing office. Why don't we have a strategic software reserve? Our own software is probably a greater threat to us than anything other people can do to us.'"