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2022 Year in Review

Collaborations Increase Impact

Succeeding through teamwork is a pillar of the National Defense Science and Technology strategy for the Department of Defense (DoD), announced in February 2022. The SEI joined its unique competencies in software, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence with the expertise of other federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) and university affiliated research centers (UARCs) to solve a variety of technology problems in 2022 defense projects.

A collaboration with the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) helped the Office of the Director, Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) research and analyze software and cybersecurity issues to support the DOT&E technical strategy.

In an ongoing partnership with MITRE, the SEI is conducting independent technical analyses (ITAs) of software efforts for the U.S. Air Force Platform One program and the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) Project Overmatch Technical Direction Activity (TDA). The SEI, MITRE, and the Aerospace Corporation conducted an ITA for Space Systems Command (SSC).

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and SEI are modeling the architecture and mission threads for an Integrated Warfighter Network (IWN) to support Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) initiatives for the U.S. Air Force Chief Architect Office.

These partnerships give the SEI a unique opportunity to integrate capabilities with another organization to advance the DoD’s mission.


Also in 2022, the SEI collaborated with

  • the Aerospace Corporation to analyze different parts of a vendor’s weapons system simulator (WSS) and provide a uniform list of enhancements to create an objective digital twin capability for the Air Force Long-Range Standoff (LRSO) System Program Office (SPO)
  • MITRE to design and execute pilot programs to provide empirical information on software acquisition to programs and policy makers for the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Acquisition Enablers (AE)
  • MITRE to develop a DevSecOps pipeline that integrates programmable logic controller (PLC) development and automated testing capabilities for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Program Executive Office (PEO) Aircraft Carriers