Chief Operating Officer
Robert F. Behler is the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a global leader in advancing software and cybersecurity to solve the nation’s toughest problems through focused research, development, and transition to the broad software engineering community. Behler directs internal operations and execution of the SEI’s annual operating plan and technical program.
Before joining the SEI, Behler was the President and CEO of SRC, a not-for-profit research and development corporation with a for-profit manufacturing subsidiary. Prior to his work with SRC, Behler was the General Manager and Senior Vice President of the MITRE Corp., where he provided leadership to more than 2,500 technical staff in 65 worldwide locations. He joined MITRE from Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory where he supervised more than 350 scientists and engineers as they made significant contributions to critical DoD challenges.
Behler served 31 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Major General in 2003. During his military career, he was the Principal Advisor for Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C2ISR) to the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, and the Deputy Commander for NATO’s Joint Headquarters North in Norway. An experimental test pilot, he flew more than 65 aircraft types including the SR-71 Blackbird and U-2 during his Air Force career.
Behler is an associate fellow of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, and Air Force Association.
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma where he received a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering, Behler spent a year at Harvard University as a National Security Fellow. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California.