Joe Heil has worked as a Software Engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) for over 30 years. The majority of Joe’s career was spent as the Lead
of Government and Industry Software Development Integrated Product Team (IPT) for the Tactical Tomahawk Cruise Missile Weapon Control System (TTWCS). As the TTWCS Software Development IPT lead, Joe was responsible for defining the software development processes, leading, coordinating the software development efforts and ensuring successful cost, schedule, technical, safety, and quality performance.
Joe founded and is the current lead of the Naval Software Community of Practice (SW COP). The NAVAL SW COP has over 300 registered government in-house software experts from across 19 different organizations, including the various Naval Warfare Centers, Naval System Commands, Army and Air Force engineers, and leaders from the Naval Post Graduate School (NPS), Defense Acquisition University (DAU), and Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI).
Joe’s current leadership roles and responsibilities are focused on increasing awareness and application of data-driven software engineering best-practices across the naval enterprise. These leadership roles include:
- Deputy Chief Engineer for the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division
- Navy Advisor to the Defense Science Board (DSB) Task Force (TF) for Software
- Lead of the Naval Software Community of Practice (SW COP)
- Lead of the Naval System Engineering Stakeholders Group (SESG) SW Group
- Contributor to the DOD SW Assurance Community of Practice (SWA COP)
Software is inherent in today’s complex systems and is often the primary cost, schedule, and technical performance driver in Department of Defense (DoD) programs. For DoD mission critical systems, the associated software size, complexity, interdependencies, reliance-on for mission and safety critical functionality, and software assurance (high quality and free from vulnerabilities) related challenges are all continuing to rapidly increase.