Lt. Gen. Steven Boutelle (Ret.)

Steven Boutelle

MITRE Senior Visiting Fellow; Former CEO, Cisco IRIS Inc.; Former Chief Information Officer, U.S. Army

Lt. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle (Ret.) is a world-renowned expert in converged voice, data, and imagery over Internet Protocol (IP), particularly in helping large institutions adopt enhanced network infrastructure. As the former chief information officer for the Army, he is prominent in military circles for his pursuit of technology that enhanced productivity and provided technological advantage to the warfighter. He is the former CEO of the Internet Routing in Space (IRIS) initiative and vice president for business development for the Global Government Solutions Group, both components of Cisco Systems.

In these roles, Boutelle advised government customers on business practices and technical solutions that address their mission goals. He remains a proponent of moving data using IP and was sought by Cisco after his distinguished military career because of his visionary leadership and critical experience in the technology fields.

A native of Pasco, Washington, Boutelle grew up in Portland, Oregon. He studied at Oregon State University before enlisting in the Army, attending officer’s candidate school. He was commissioned before moving to the Signal Corps. During his military career, he served in senior Army leadership positions, including Director of Information, Operations, Networks, and Space and Program Executive Officer of Command, Control, and Communications Systems.In 2005, he was named “U.S. Department of Defense Executive of the Year” by Government Computer News; the following year he was named a “Top 100 CIO” by Federal Computer Week.

Boutelle serves on the Defense Science Board Task Force for Interoperability and sits on the boards of PacStar Communications and ThreatMetrix. He is a sought-after speaker and has delivered keynote addresses at the Korean Network Centric Warfare Conference in 2013, World Economic Forums in Geneva and Jordan (2014 and 2015) as well as at the Berlin Security Conference and the Singapore Cyber Security Conference in 2016. He has also been a guest speaker at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). 

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound, an MBA from Marymount University, and a Doctor of Law, Honoris causa, from the University of Puget Sound.