Report: Jeff Boleng Named DoD’s Special Assistant for Software Acquisition

Jeff Boleng

Jeff Boleng, acting chief technology officer at Carnegie Mellon University’s software engineering institute, will serve as special assistant for software acquisition at the Defense Department starting Monday, April 16, Defense News reported Friday.

Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment and a 2018 Wash100 recipient, announced Boleng’s appointment to the newly created role during a roundtable with reporters Friday.

Lord said Boleng will focus at least 90 percent of his time on the Lockheed Martin-built F-35 aircraft and help “bring the right talent onboard.”

Boleng will help oversee the development of software development policies and standards across DoD and offer advice on commercial software development best practices to Pentagon leadership as the F-35 joint program office implements the Continuous Capability Development and Delivery strategy.

Boleng is responsible for SEI’s research and development portfolio that covers software development, cybersecurity and data analytics in support of government, industry and academia.

Prior to joining the institute in 2012, he spent more than two decades in the U.S. Air Force where he served as a computer science instructor at the Air Force Academy and as a network engineer with the 1st combat communications squadron.


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