Howard "Howie" Cohen is currently a Community Manager and Consultant System Integrator for the US Department of Defense. He works for a company called Steelthread Inc which provides engineering solutions to the DoD and the Federal Government. Howie has worked as a consultant in the defense industry for companies like Booz Allen Hamilton and Lockheed Martin. In his previous position, he worked on cloud strategies and IT strategies for US Joint Forces Command. He recently moved on to Steelthread to work on a defense oriented application lifecycle management platform called Forge.Mil. Forge.Mil is one of the most aggressive agile oriented projects in the DoD. It provides a multi-tenant software as a service platform serving the DoD Enterprise at large. Howie's role as a Community Manager is to bring senior leaders, program managers, developers and IT staff together. This position requires an understanding of people, process, methods and an understanding of services and tools.