Donna Cotton

Chief Data Officer, US Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office (AFSEO)

Donna Cotton is the Chief Data Officer for the Air Force SEEK EAGLE Office (AFSEO), providing leadership and oversight of architecture development, data management and cybersecurity for an enclave supporting over 300 users. She leads data transformation initiatives, specifically implementation of Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning capabilities to manage over 100,000,000 files of critical aircraft store compatibility data. Her leadership keeps
AFSEO at the leading edge of information management practices across the DoD, with her expertise sought by numerous DoD Agencies and Industry Partners.

Ms. Cotton began her professional career with Boeing as a Software Engineer in 1997 at the Special Operations Facility, Software Engineering Division for the AC-130U Gunship. Her extensive experience delivered critical automated MIL-STD-1553B databus processes; and a critical System Integrated Test (SIT) Ground Processor that provided maintenance personnel the ability to capture an entire mission in real time and replay it on the ground to streamline and simplify post-mission troubleshooting processes. After working as a Senior Software Engineer for the TYBRIN Corporation, leading architecture development of the Center Scheduling Enterprise (CSE) to enable the warfighter to maximize utilization of Test & Evaluation resources across USAF Major Range and Test Facility Base (MRTFB), she transitioned into Civil Service.

Her first civil service assignment was with the 96 Range Control Squadron (96RNCS), serving as Senior Computer Scientist performing quality and process engineering for a wide variety of test mission software tools and processes. Notable accomplishments included revamping the software requirements process to improve testability and traceability and implementation of the organization’s initial Agile software development methodology. In 2012, she transferred to the AFSEO, where she revitalized the network accreditation program by implementing the Risk Management Framework. She also led development and implementation of AFSEO’s SEEK EAGLE Analysis, Research, and Development Enclave (SEARDE) to provide test engineers, software developers, and operations research analysts a suitable environment for complex aerodynamic and electronic environment analysis and testing that have significantly enhanced AFSEO’s ability to provide warfighter capabilities.

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