When the Air Force set out to fundamentally reimagine its approach to software delivery, Booz Allen was proud to help make that vision a reality. Platform One is the federal government’s first DevSecOps enterprise-level service, providing accelerated software development and deployment that is open, vendor agnostic, scalable, and interoperable—with continuous, comprehensive security built in at the foundation.
In helping design and develop Platform One, Booz Allen relied on its extensive expertise and experience in software delivery, program management, cybersecurity, and operations. We have been integral in delivering and maturing all phases of Platform One capabilities and operations. Among the projects for which we have provided technical leadership are a repository of reusable approved and hardened containers that are “plug and play” ready. We’ve also developed a shared, multitenant environment that provides CI/CD, and enterprise tools and capabilities for development, testing, and production. These ready-made platforms and infrastructures allow developers to focus on what really matters—building high-value mission applications that can be fast-tracked to production.
Of course, in the defense space, agility must always be balanced with security. Beyond our support of the technical implementation of the program, Booz Allen is also the Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM), responsible for assessing risk across all products and services in partnership with the Platform One team. In this capacity, our cybersecurity experts and engineers are helping transform longstanding cyber practices and policies so that DOD can adapt to a true DevSecOps model.
Our work on Platform One demonstrates that innovation isn’t just about technology insertion. Truly successful strategies start with a deep understanding of the organization’s needs, the environment, and the maturity level of the current systems. This understanding can then be used to develop a roadmap toward an effective solution that incorporates the latest technology while also extracting full value from existing tools. Culture is a foundational piece of this strategy, including essential elements such as workforce development, education, training, and exposure to new ways of doing business with industry.
Platform One serves as a model for open architecture and software delivery services across DOD—demonstrating the benefits that can be gained through automation, managed DevSecOps services, and cultural transformation.