Biography

 

Donald J. Reifer is one of the leading figures in the field of systems/software engineering and management with over 40 years of progressive experience. He has built businesses, steered troubled projects and served in executive postions in industry and government.  His specializes in the area of metrics and measurement.  He is skilled in building business cases and performing competitive assessments.  Besides being a trusted advisor to major corporations and the government, he has founded software businesses and served as an expert witness.

 

Mr. Reifer managed the DoD Software Initiatives Office under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). As part of this Senior Executive Service (Three Star Equivalent) assignment, he also served as the Director of the DoD Software Reuse Initiative and Chief of the Ada Joint Program Office and worked as a Deputy for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD/C3I), who served as the CIO for the Department of Defense. 

 

Previously, while with TRW, Mr. Reifer served as Deputy Program Manager for their Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) efforts. While with the Aerospace Corporation, Mr. Reifer managed all of the software efforts related to the Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle).  Mr. Reifer started his software career at Hughes Aircraft Company as a software engineer on the Phoenix missile project.

 

Currently, as President of Reifer Consultants, Mr. Reifer supports executives in many Fortune 500 firms who are developing investment strategies aimed at improving their systems and software engineering capabilities and capacity. Mr. Reifer also serves as the Principal Investigator on our information warfare and software protection SBIR efforts. For the past ten years, he has been helping clients transition to the use of agile methods.  He acts as an executive coach and helps guide his clients through the change process using measures and metrics that he collects to help steer the course.

 

Mr. Reifer was awarded the Secretary of Defense's Medal for Outstanding Public Service for the innovations he brought to the DoD during his assignment. Some of his many other honors include the include the AIAA Software Engineering Award, Hughes Aircraft Company Fellowship, the Freiman Award for advancing the field of parametrics (cost estimation) and membership in Who's Who in the West.   Reifer is a senior member of the IEEE and a life member of ICEAA..