President Donald Trump intends to nominate Robert Behler, chief operating officer and deputy director of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, as director of operational test and evaluation at the Defense Department.
Behler has led SEI’s software engineering and security initiatives that aimed to help address national cyber challenges, the White House said in a release published Saturday.
He previously served as president and chief operations officer at SRC, senior vice president and general manager at Mitre and business area executive for precision engagement at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
The retired U.S. Air Force major general also held the roles of commanding general at the Air Force Command and Control & Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center and deputy commander at NATO’s Joint Headquarters North.
Behler was also an experimental test pilot who flew more than 65 aircraft variants during his 31-year military career.
He is currently a fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts and a member of both the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association and Air Force Association.