There are few individuals within the government and military with as much buzz as Nicolas Chaillan, the Chief Software Officer for the Air Force that also serves as the co-lead for the Department of Defense Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative with the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer.
Nic is a DevSecOps pioneer and prophet, as well as the visionary behind Platform One, which, according to NextGov is, “where scores of programs from across the ecosystem, are hosted by a centralized Air Force team within a highly automated, cloud-agnostic software ‘factory’…[that] comes with tools and talent to support baking security into software as it’s constructed and timely, continuous distribution of upgrades as they become necessary.”
The introduction of Platform One is credited with rapidly expediting the creation of important software applications within the Air Force and DoD, at large. And the DevSecOps approach to software development is recognized for eliminating the traditional “waterfall” approach to application development and enabling the DoD to move more quickly to develop and implement software that can help them rapidly overcome challenges or changing situations.
In fact, NextGov credits the DevSecOps model of application development for enabling the DoD to quickly and efficiently roll-out applications that made the movement towards remote work possible when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic made telework essential.
The ContinuousX Podcast recently had an opportunity to sit down with Nic to discuss Platform One and the reasons why DevSecOps is so essential in the military today. During their discussion, the ContinuousX Podcast hosts explored Nic’s background and some of the obstacles that he faced implementing DevSecOps in the military.
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