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Christopher Brazier

Christopher Brazier


Session Name: Been There, Done That, What's Next? - Challenges of Tomorrow's DevSecOps Journey

How do I build on my DevOps success? For the past 5 years our organization has been part of the early battles of implementing a DevSecOps pipeline within a DoD organization. We run an operational DevSecOps pipeline for production applications supporting the warfighter delivering 100s of releases a year. We have had our share of interesting conversations as we worked to adapt our people, culture, process and procedures toward a more agile mindset needed to successfully implement DevSecOps. Now we will share with you our insights about leveraging our existing DevOps knowledge, to the world of Data Science and explore what it takes to create a MLOps pipeline that will encompass continuous development, testing, deployment and monitoring of ML models. This talk isn’t about the paths we traveled, but a discussion about what comes next in our DevSecOps journey and pivoting toward future in the DoD.

Speaker Bio:

Mr. Christopher J. Brazier is the Division Chief within the Operations and Integration Directorate (OI) Mission Support Department (OI-MS) Technology Solutions Division (OI-MST) at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). As the OI-MST Division Chief, he supports the mission by providing oversight and direction to enable the dissemination of operational information and technology through analytical tools to aide in countering threat networks throughout the world. Flexibility is critical to this evolving threat landscape and Mr. Brazier guides the oldest (5+ years) DoD DevSecOps paths to production. The agility of this pipeline has supported rapid updates to the tools and underlying cloud stack to accommodate the rapid programmatic changes associated with threat domains. Prior to coming to DTRA Mr. Brazier’s federal employment included leadership and technical direction to various government agencies Including the Department of State, Department of the Interior, Department of the Treasury, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Mr. Brazier was active duty military for seven years and a veteran of the First Gulf War, were he received several medals to acknowledge his achievements while in service.