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Information Technology and Administrative Management

College of Education and Professional Studies

Eric Fleischman, Lecturer

Eric Fleishcman, Lecturer, Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) at CWUOffice: SAM 260

I am a cyber-security consultant and I am also currently teaching data communications and cyber-security at Central Washington University.

After spending more than 30 years in industry, I retired from Boeing in 2014. During my career I also worked for Microsoft, AT&T Bell Laboratories, and several computer start ups. I am a systems person who has substantial technical depth. I have worked as both a network architect and as an information assurance (IA; i.e., cybersecurity) architect together with
virtually every constituent part of those domains including protocol design and development. I have led groups of hundreds of people.

I was periodically tasked by my employers to rescue “at risk” programs, projects, or high-profile tasks. I often represented my employers to external entities (customers, standards bodies, consortia, governments). I have worked in high assurance computing. My primary area of research was in securing safety systems, network security (e.g., policy-based routing, digital provenance), integrity assurance, and identity and access management.

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Ohio State University - Graduate Program, Computer Science

University of California at Santa Cruz - B.A., Computer Science

University of Texas at Arlington - M.A., Linguistics

Wheaton College, Illinois - B.A., Biblical Studies / Greek

Professional Experience

Information Assurance (Cyber Security defense):

  • Technical Fellow within Boeing’s Information Security organization. Performed IA (security) analysis, consulting, helped create Boeing’s corporate security architecture, and conducted security program reviews.
  • Supported the development of Boeing’s cyber defense programs. Participated in multiple security pilots of a US government entity; helped found the Cybersecurity Research Alliance (CSRA) consortium; member of the architecture board
  • of the international Transglobal Secure Collaboration Program (TSCP; identity and access management (IAM)); and co-chair of the Trusted Network Connect Operations Subgroup within the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).
  • Technical Integrator for Boeing’s Security Information and Event Management System (SIEM) deployment.
  • In 2009 was a co-chair of the US Government’s National Cyber Leap Year Conference, focused on digital provenance.
  • In 2006 I was the Principal Investigator for a contract with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to provide recommendations for extending FAA certification processes and procedures to handle onboard security and safety issues arising from highly networked environments. This included writing two books found on the FAA’s website as well as speaking at FAA conferences.
  • Consulted Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) on aircraft security designs as well as aviation data link technologies. In 2009 I made an extensive aircraft security architecture proposal for Boeing’s next generation aircraft. In 2010 I assisted the BCA security organization develop security processes; helped with the security certification of the 747-8; and contributed to a proposal to the FAA to define mechanisms to streamline the security certification processes.
  • In 2016 again consulted the FAA: recommended a methodology to identify the cybersecurity issues that are relevant-to-aircraft-safety in terms of the FAA’s existing Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) processes. One of the 3 deliverables was a report identifying security issues potentially impacting current deployments of the Aircraft Communications Reporting and Addressing System (ACARS).
  • One of three Boeing system engineers who designed the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) Wideband Network Waveform (WNW) product. Also was the program’s IA lead.
  • Co-lead for the security design of the JTRS Ground Mobile Radio (GMR) program and led the subsequent GMR product security redesign. Interfaced with and made many formal presentations to the NSA, JTRS JPEO, and Army.
  • Extensively consulted on DoD’s High Assurance IP Encryptor (HAIPE) technology and DoD communications security (COMSEC). Was Boeing’s expert on the non-cryptographic parts of HAIPE.
  • Consulted many smaller programs in IA; e.g., designed a solution for securing a program’s directional antenna system.
  • Researched mechanisms to secure safety systems (e.g., factories, aircraft, etc.); security automation; data security; and methods to foster cyber situational awareness with command and control.

Network and Distributed Computer Designs and Deployments:

  • In the early 90s I was the chief data communications architect of The Boeing Company. Guided Boeing to become (in 1994) the first major corporation in the world to create a ubiquitous enterprise-wide network infrastructure using Internet Protocols (IP). To accomplish this we created migration paths to enable each of our deployments of 22 different protocol families to transition to IP.
  • E-Commerce Architect: Designed and helped build Microsoft’s original electronic commerce infrastructure, which supported Microsoft's ~80K business partners (e.g., OEMs, ARs, DSPs, SSBs, etc) and conveyed a significant percentage of their total corporate revenue.
  • Helped write Boeing’s proposal responses for six DoD contracts, including the Army’s multi-billion dollar Future Combat Systems (FCS) program. Created FCS’ original data communications architecture and co-created their original IA (security) architecture. During 2002-3 I was the temporary chief network engineer for the FCS program. During that period I worked closely with the US Army’s CIO Office to formulate the Army’s IPv6 transition strategy and policy. In 2008 I returned to the program to again become its chief data communications architect.
  • Served as a member of the US Army’s Integration Committee (ICWG) representing both the JTRS and FCS programs in order to create the Army’s LandWarNet design. Also worked DoD-wide Global Information Grid (GIG) architecture issues including DoD-wide HAIPE issues.
  • Proposed a network architecture for the US Air Force. Also was a member of the Air Force’s MJPO Network Architecture Working Group (NAWG; for transformational satellite (TSAT) requirements) concentrating on mobility and routing.

Protocol Development:

  • Have been a participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) since 1993. Was selected by the IETF leadership to be a member of the 12-person “IPng Directorate” which led the creation of IPv6. I have worked on numerous IETF and/or IRTF working groups and have written 3 RFCs.
  • Microsoft representative to ISO to create MPEG-4.
  • Invented and suggested to IBM in early 1990s a mechanism to decouple SNA’s upper protocol layers from its lower layers so that it could operate over IP networks. In this way Boeing’s mainframes could cleanly operate within a routed corporate network. This became the IBM Anynet product family. I also made suggestions that modified Sun Microsystems’ and HP’s product offerings to support Boeing's deployment needs.
  • Have three patents related to tactical military network technologies (mobile ad hoc network).
  • Helped design civil aviation’s Aeronautical Telecommunications Network (ATN).


  • Was the project manager of the Boeing Information Technology’s (IT) group’s (then called SSG) Strategic Technical Plan which guided the allocation of over $500M/year of IT’s budget (e.g., technical strategies, project definitions, budget allocation, tasking and staffing).
  • Wrote business cases that convinced Boeing executives to fund the creation of the Boeing Enterprise Network. To create those business cases, I invented a model to describe any application and/or computer architecture. I then described hundreds of Boeing’s most important applications in terms of that model. This enabled executives to evaluate the implications of a wide variety of application evolution options. This model also inspired the creation of Boeing’s formal corporate computing standardization processes that significantly reduced IT overheads.
  • Wrote Microsoft’s Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and Electronic Commerce architectures and led the creation of their initial electronic commerce infrastructure

Application Integration:

  • Was the Information Systems architect for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. I focused on middleware, application integration, and role based access control (RBAC).
  • Consulted Microsoft application developers to successfully migrate every Microsoft-internal business process to become web-based.
  • Consulted Boeing software developers to use middleware technologies to integrate applications.

Software Product Development

  • Was a program manager within Microsoft’s NetShow product group, which created distributed multimedia products. Created and ran a consortia and hosted two conferences to advance Microsoft’s multimedia technology.
  • I exclusively did software development (i.e., programming primarily in C and Assembler) for my first three computer employers. I helped create a new operating system; wrote Unix device drivers, modified a compiler; and made assembler, debugger, and telephony switch components.


  • RFC 6139: “Routing and Addressing in Networks with Global Enterprise Recursion (RANGER) Scenarios”, Steve Russert, Eric Fleischman, Fred Templin, February 2011, 39 Pages, Internet RFC, View here
  • “Digital Provenance”, Eric Fleischman, Gene Tsudik, Hugo Teufel, Co-chairs report of the US Government’s National Cyber Leap Year Conference, September 2, 2009, 7 Pages, this is part of a larger conference report that is available at View here
  • “Networked Local Area Networks in Aircraft: Safety, Security, and Certification Issues, and Initial Acceptance Criteria (Phases 1 and 2)”, Eric Fleischman, Randall E. Smith, and Nick Multari, DOT/FAA/AR-08/31, November 2008, Final Report, 204 Pages, View here
  • “Handbook for Networked Local Area Networks in Aircraft”, Eric Fleischman, DOT/FAA/AR-08/35, October 2008, Final Report, 111 Pages, View here
  • “JTRS WNW Mobility in Tactical Military Environments”. Eric Fleischman, FOUO, ITAR Sensitive, May 10, 2005, MILCOM 2005 Publication #1411, 7 Pages.
  • “Mobile Exterior Gateway Protocol: Extending IP Scalability”. Eric Fleischman and Wojtek Furmanski, MILCOM 2005 Publication #314, 7 Pages. View here
  • “Code Signing”. Eric Fleischman. The Internet Protocol Journal, Volume 5, Number 1, March 2002. Page 14-26’ View here
  • RFC 2361: WAVE and AVI Codec Registries. Eric Fleischman. June 1998. 71 Pages.  View here
  • Advanced Streaming Format (ASF) Specification. Eric Fleischman and Mark VanAntwerp. February 26, 1998. 56 Pages. View here
  • Advanced Streaming Format (ASF) Specification. Eric Fleischman. February 26, 1998. 72 Pages. Internet draft document draft-fleischman-asf-01.txt
  • Advanced Streaming Format (ASF) – Presentation to SMPTE. Eric Fleischman and Philip Chou. February 16, 1998. 10 Pages. View here
  • Codec Registration Tree. Eric Fleischman. January 7, 1998. 63 Pages. Internet draft document draft-fleischman-codec-subtree-00
  • Recording MBone Sessions to ASF Files. Eric Fleischman and Anders Klemets. November 14, 1997. 17 pages. Internet draft document draft-fleischman-asf-rtp-record-00.txt
  • IPng and Corporate Resistance to Change. Eric Fleischman. IPng Internet Protocol Next Generation. Edited by Scott O. Bradner and Allison Mankin. Addison-Wesley Publishing Company. 1995. ISBN 0-201-63395-7. Pages 63 - 74.
  • An IPng Evaluation. Eric Fleischman. July 12, 1994. Internet-Draft document. 12 Pages.
  • “A User’s View of IPng”. Eric Fleischman. ConneXions The Interoperability Report. Volume 8, Number 5. May 1994. Pages 49-53
  • RFC 1687: A Large User's View of IPng. Eric Fleischman. January 31, 1994. 10 Pages. View here
  • “A User’s View of IPng”. Eric Fleischman. ConneXions The Interoperability Report. Volume 7, Number 9, September 1993. Page 36-40
  • "A Users' Guide to Data Communications APIs -- Update" by Eric Fleischman. OSN: The Open Systems Newsletter. Technology Appraisals Ltd. July/August, 1992. Volume 6, Issue 7/8. Pages 9 - 11.
  • “A User’s Guide to Data Communications APIs, Part 2”. Eric Fleischman. OSN The Open Systems Newsletter. Technology Appraisals Ltd. Volume 6, Issue 6, June 1992, Pages 1-14
  • “A User’s Guide to Data Communications APIs”. Eric Fleischman. OSN The Open Systems Newsletter. Technology Appraisals Ltd. Volume 6, Issue 5, May 1992, Pages 1-8
  • "Book Review: Communications for Cooperating Systems: OSI, SNA, and TCP/IP by R. J. Cypser" by Eric Fleischman. ConneXions The Interoperability Report. Vol 6, no. 3. March 1992. Pages 29 - 31.
  • “Introduction to Data Communications Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)”. Eric Fleischman. Open Systems Data Transfer Transmission, Omnicom, Inc., Number 55. December 1991. Pages 1-12
  • “FTAM, FTP, and NFS”. Eric Fleischman. ConneXions The Interoperability Report. Volume 4, Number 11, November 1990, Pages 2-9.
  • "Magindanaon Verbal Inflection". Fleischman, Eric. Magindanoan Dictionary: Magindaonaon-English, English-Magindanaon. Robert E. Sullivan, Editor. 1986. Notre Dame Univerity Press, Cotabato City, Philippines. ISBN 971-129-000-6. Pages 26 - 45. View here
  • “Proto-Iraqi Kurdish”. Eric Fleischman. Research Papers of the Texas SIL at Dallas, 12. 1982. Summer Institute of Linguistics. Pages 45-91.
  • “Historical and Comparative”. Douglas Biber and Eric Fleischman. Research papers of the Texas SIL at Dallas, 12. 1982. Summer Institute of Linguistics. 91 pgs. View here
  • "The Danao Languages: Magindanaon, Iranun, Maranao, and Illanun". Fleischman, Eric. Philippine Journal of Linguistics. Volume 12, Number 1. June 1981. Pages 57 - 78.
  • "The Decline of Datuship in the Iranun Sultanate of Linek". Fleischman, Eric. Dansalan Quarterly. Volume 11, Number 4. July, 1981. Pages 228-236. View here
  • Vocabulary: Magindanaon-Pilipino-English, Pilipino-English-Magindanaon, English-Pilipino-Magindanaon. Eric Fleischman 1981. Summer Institute of Linguistics Press, Philippines.
  • Ipembibitiyala sa basa a Magindanawn, Pilipinu endu Ingglis sa uman gay. Eric Fleischman 1981. Summer Institute of Linguistics Press, Philippines.
  • Patut A Katuntayan. Eric Fleischman, Editor. 1981. Summer Institute of Linguistics Press, Philippines.
  • Tudtulan sa Magindanawn. Eric Fleischman, Editor. 1981. Summer Institute of Linguistics Press, Philippines.
  • Pamatiyan sa Magindanawn. Eric Fleischman, Editor. 1981. Summer Institute of Linguistics Press, Philippines.

Previous Employment

Instructor, Central Washington University (March 2017 – present)

Data Communications in the Computer Science (CS) department; expect to also teach Cybersecurity in the Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) department beginning in the Fall of 2017.

Senior Scientist, Engineer, Systems Analyst, MicroSystems Automation Group (September 2015 – July 2016)

Boeing Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company (March 1998 – August 28, 2014)

Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation (Nov 1995 – March 1998)

Senior Principal Scientist / Associate Technical Fellow, The Boeing Company (June 1989 - Nov 1995)

Technical Staff, AT&T Bell Laboratories (1985 – 1989)

Software Engineer, Digital Research (1984 – 1985)

Software Engineer, Victor Technologies (1983 – 1984)

Linguist, Summer Institute of Linguistics (1976 – 1981)

Instructor in Outward Bound-like program (wilderness experiential education), Wheaton College (summers 1972-1976)



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