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Thursday, October 7 • 11:50am - 12:20pm
Cloud-native DevSecOps at Supersonic Speeds (well...getting there)

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The 309th Software Engineering Group at Hill Air Force Base, Utah traditionally handles cradle-to-grave software updates for the fighter aircraft across the Air Force. The organization has operated with platforms in existence since the '70s and '80s, in addition to more recent aircraft.

However, the need to modernize how software is delivered needs to keep pace with the changing cyber and kinetic threats.

In 2019 the SWEG began its journey to experiment with cloud-native engineering practices - even going so far as proving out that Kubernetes could be successfully deployed onto a jet and flown at supersonic speeds. However, for this to scale, the SWEG has had to invest in paying down significant technical and organizational debts, working with industry partners who are experts in the new practices in DevSecOps, and building the SkiCAMP community to support modern software delivery across aircraft systems.

This year we have been working to support some Air Force Research Lab efforts and deploy software updates from cloud-to-jet in under 24 hours. We're working on modernizing and automating our release engineering practices, product-centered delivery, fully integrating security into all phases of the software lifecycle, and establishing the foundations for cloud-native development, digital engineering/ digital twin testing, and test automation in the Systems Integration Lab and optimizing the flight test feedback processes. We're also building our internal organizational capacity, working with our vendor partners to deliver enablement, training, dojo-like residency programs, and mentorship across our SkiCAMP/SWEG engineers. We're finding ways to leverage technology and updated practices to help the cybersecurity and operations teams to work smarter, not harder.

As we continue to build on this effort, we are going to push the boundaries on digital engineering/ digital twin testing and analysis, improving our security practices and security engineering, and scaling adoption and experimentation. These are big challenges in the next few years as we push the organizational culture and tech foundations to evolve. Additionally, we are going to continue trying to expand the support and onboarding services and enablement to bring the larger enterprise programs into the cloud-native solutions to help modernize at scale and make the SWEG an opportunity to technologists to build and apply the latest skillsets and technologies against mission-critical efforts.

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Derek "Eeyore" Bissinger

Senior Software Architect, 309th Software Engineering Group, USAF
Derek "Eeyore" Bissinger is the Ski Camp founder and a Senior Software Architect, part of the 309th Software Engineering Group at Hill AFB Utah. Eeyore is a former Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber pilot with a long history of leveraging technology to help support mission and business... Read More →
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Michael Snyder

Client Principal, Oteemo, Inc.
Michael Snyder is the Client Principal heading up the DoD portfolio at Oteemo. After serving in the US Army intelligence branch from 2002-2011, he has been working across different technology and management consulting firms supporting the intelligence community, national defense... Read More →

Thursday October 7, 2021 11:50am - 12:20pm CDT
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