Everyone involved in federal software development knows the percentage: 80% of the federal IT budget goes to maintaining existing systems. Innovation in technology is forcing these legacy systems to be able to interact with other systems.
This discussion will focus on how Leidos has been successful with taking many large federal IT projects and making interoperability faster, better, and cheaper. This is done through an innovative way Leidos teams handle integration projects with legacy systems, commonly called an open systems approach.
Open System and Open Source
So, across the Army, Navy and Air Force, they are all looking for open systems. It makes it easier to integrate new capabilities. They make them easier to maintain, and when things get easier they become less costly.
When you're laying out a system you really want to make it modular in a way so that the functionality is self-contained so that as you introduce new capabilities, you don't have to upgrade every module.
Jamie Stevenson is the Chief Technology Officer for the Advanced Solutions Group (ASG) at Leidos. He has over thirty years of experience designing, developing, delivering, and maintaining complex systems. ASG develops Command and Control, Sensor, Maritime, and Airborne ISR solutions for National Security customers. ASG does approximately $1.3B a year in revenue and employs approximately 4,500 people.
Jamie graduated from Drexel University in 1989 with a BSEE. He went to work for Lockheed Martin where he worked on the Aegis Combat System. Jamie was responsible for leading the integration efforts of thirty four different components of the Aegis Combat System. He delivered several Aegis baselines to the United States Navy and Japan.
At Northrop Grumman, he was responsible for supporting the test and certification of Aegis baselines. He worked on the DDG-1000 program as the Software Lead for all of the DDG-1000 software, over 20 MSLOC and a $1.5 B software development effort. Jamie was selected as a Technical Fellow at Northrop Grumman because of the innovative software development and certification methodologies he used on the DDG-1000 program.
While at General Dynamics he worked on the Littoral Combat System (LCS) and Air and Missile Defense Radar programs. Jamie was the Technical Lead for the LCS Block Buy of twenty ships. He led the overall Total Shipboard Computing Environment development and integration for all computing capability on the ship. Jamie also worked on the Einstein Cyber Security System for the Department of Homeland Security. He established a lab and methodology to evaluate cyber security solutions and approaches. Jamie also supported the Navy’s effort to open the Aegis Combat System.
John Gilroy has been a member of the Washington D.C. technology community for over twenty years. In 2007 he began weekly interviews on Federal News Radio called “Federal Tech Talk with John Gilroy.” His 428 interviews provides the basis for profitable referral business. In 2009 he created a successful breakfast club of previous radio guests called The Technology Leadership Roundtable. He has been instrumental in two of his guests forming their own radio shows: Derrick Dortch with “Fed Access” and Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm with “Women in Washington.”
In 2011 he began teaching a course in social media marketing at Georgetown University; in March of 2014, John won the Tropaia Award for Outstanding Faculty. John conducts monthly corporate training for large companies on how to leverage social media to generate revenue.