Staff Profile

Edward H. Deets, III

Edward H. Deets, III

Director, Software Solutions Division

Rear Admiral (retired) Edward H. Deets, III is the Director of the Software Solutions Division (SSD) of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The mission of the SSD is to innovate for competitive advantage by assuring quality, timeliness, trust, and affordability of current and future software-reliant systems. This is accomplished by advancing interdisciplinary science and technology, delivering solutions, and enabling widespread adoption of associated knowledge and practices.

Prior to assuming this position Deets served as the Deputy Director for Defense Cyber of the Networked Systems Survivability/CERT Program. NSS/CERT anticipates and solves the nation’ cybersecurity challenges. It applies a holistic approach to security from secure coding, secure software engineering and resilience, to workforce development, malware detection, attack mitigation, and resolution.

Deets joined the SEI after retiring from over 30 years in the U.S. Navy. Most recently he was the Commander of Naval Network Warfare Command where he oversaw Navy network, space, communications, cryptologic, signals intelligence, and cyber operations. During his career he earned designation as a Cryptologic Officer and Information Dominance Warfare Officer. Deets served aboard numerous ships and shore commands in multiple theaters of operation integrating information, intelligence, and cyber capabilities. He was a leader in the evolution of cyber into a primary Navy warfare area.

He is a graduate of Duke University and the National War College and was commissioned through the Duke NROTC program.