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A Discussion on DoD Software Advances and What’s Next from SEI

May 2020 Webinar
Thomas A. Longstaff, Jeff Boleng

SEI Chief Technology Officer Tom Longstaff interviewed Jeff Boleng, a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense, on recent DoD software advances and accomplishments.

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Software Engineering Institute

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Abstract

SEI Chief Technology Officer Tom Longstaff interviewed Jeff Boleng, a senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense, on recent DoD software advances and accomplishments. They discussed how the DoD is implementing recommendations from the Defense Science Board and the Defense Innovation Board on continuous development of best practices for software, source selection for evaluating software factories, risk reduction and metrics for new programs, developing workforce competency, and other advancements. Boleng and Longstaff also discussed how the SEI, the DoD’s research and development center for software engineering, will adapt and build on this work to accomplish major changes at the DoD.

About the Speaker

Thomas A. Longstaff

Thomas A. Longstaff

Tom Longstaff is Chief Technology Officer of the SEI. As CTO, Longstaff is responsible for formulating a technical strategy and leading the funded research program of the institute based on current ...

Tom Longstaff is Chief Technology Officer of the SEI. As CTO, Longstaff is responsible for formulating a technical strategy and leading the funded research program of the institute based on current and predicted future trends in technology, government, and industry.

Before joining the SEI as CTO in 2018, Longstaff was a program manager and principal cybersecurity strategist for the Asymmetric Operations Sector of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), where he led projects on behalf of the U.S. government, including nuclear command and control, automated incident response, technology transition of cyber R&D, information assurance, intelligence, and global information networks.

 

He also was chair of the Computer Science, Cybersecurity, and Information Systems Engineering Programs and co-chair of Data Science in the Whiting School at Johns Hopkins. His academic publications span topics such as malware analysis, information survivability, insider threat, intruder modeling, and intrusion detection. He maintains an active role in the information assurance community and regularly advises organizations on the future of network threat and information assurance. He is an editor for Computers and Security, and has previously served as associate editor for IEEE Security and Privacy; general chair for the New Security Paradigms Workshop and Homeland Security Technology Conference; and numerous other program and advisory committees.

 

Prior to joining the staff at APL, Longstaff was the deputy director for technology for the CERT Division at the Software Engineering Institute. In his 15-year tenure at the SEI CERT Division, he helped create many of the projects and centers that made the program an internationally recognized network security organization. His work included assisting the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to use response and vulnerability data to define and direct a research and operations program in analysis and prediction of network security and cyber terrorism events.

 

Longstaff received his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics from Boston University and his master’s degree in applied science and his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Davis.

 

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Jeff Boleng

Jeff Boleng

Jeff Boleng is acting chief technology officer and a principal researcher at the SEI. Boleng joined the SEI in 2012 after 21 years of service as an active-duty cyber-operations officer in the U.S. ...

Jeff Boleng is acting chief technology officer and a principal researcher at the SEI. Boleng joined the SEI in 2012 after 21 years of service as an active-duty cyber-operations officer in the U.S. Air Force. During his service, he was a member of the computer science faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy for eight years and was honored with the Outstanding Academy Educator in Computer Science award for academic year 2007–2008. He has operational Air Force experience as a network engineer with the 1st Combat Communications Squadron, where he deployed in support of the Bosnian War, leading an intelligence software development team in U.S. Air Forces Europe, the command-and-control interoperability efforts for U.S. Forces Korea, and the net-centric integration efforts in Air Force Space Command. Additionally, he served as a flight commander and chief of maintenance in the 21st Space Communications Squadron and commanded the 21st Mission Support Squadron on Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. In 2010 he deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a mentor to the Computer Science Department head at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan and as a member of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

 

Boleng earned PhD and master’s degrees in mathematical and computer sciences from the Colorado School of Mines and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is a senior member of both the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

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