Special Advisor to the Chief Software Officer of the United States Air Force
Mr. Prescott Paulin serves as the Special Advisor to the Chief Software Officer of the United States Air Force, under Mr. Nicolas Chaillan, CSO of the Air Force, in support of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L), Pentagon, Arlington, VA. As the right hand of the Air Force’s senior software czar, Mr. Paulin is responsible for collaboration among Air Force, DoD and industry programs in support of Agile and DevSecOps mandates to establish force-wide DevSecOps capabilities and best practices, including Continuous Authority to Operate (cATO) processes and faster streamlined technology adoption across the defense ecosystem.
In addition to his public service, Mr. Paulin is a technology entrepreneur, story-based marketing advocate, innovation expert, and inventor. He has over a decade of domestic and international experience – traveling 830,000+ miles to 26 countries – and maintains strong subject matter expertise in product innovation, risk management, data visualization, and technical writing. He specializes in pattern recognition across disparate data sources to enhance innovation.
Mr. Paulin previously served as President of 300 Below, Inc., the world’s largest and oldest commercial cryogenic processing company, which leverages process control software for materials enhancement. Mr. Paulin established international joint-ventures in Asia and Europe, spearheaded a multi-warehouse Open-Source Software (OSS) industrial parts management platform with e-commerce integration, and architected the world’s first open-source process control platform with an emphasis on ultra-low temperature applications. His international focus at 300 Below, Inc. pivoted into military applications through multiple AFWERX Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts for improving military firearms and subcomponents for vehicles and aircraft, which earned 2019’s Innovation of the Year in Manufacturing Technology Award from MxD—one of eight DoD-funded research and development institutes. Mr. Paulin sparked further innovation collaboration across research institutions, universities, and Other Transaction Authorities (OTAs), including the National Armaments Consortium / DoD Ordinance Technology Consortium (NAC / DOTC) and the Naval Surface Technology Innovation Consortium (NSTIC).
As an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Paulin earned top rifle expert among his company of 300 Marines, then served as Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and law enforcement instructor for the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA). Mr. Paulin was badged at the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC); he’s enhanced force protection for Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) and the Pentagon Fire Marshal (OPFM), managed strategic Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) stockpiles, decommissioned legacy programs, and installed sensitive military sensors across Command and Control (C2) networks.
Following his time at the PFPA, Mr. Paulin invented an emergency response platform for the automated dispatch of personnel and equipment. He obtained multiple U.S. Patents and launched a software startup that was accepted into MassChallenge Boston’s accelerator, recognized as one of the top five in the nation. Separately, Mr. Paulin earned Samsung’s Breakthroughs That Matter Award at MIT Hacking Medicine’s Grand Hack event—in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Innovation Team—awarded for capabilities to improve access to mental health crisis care.
Mr. Paulin has a third patent pending for the automated dispatch of drones, and has led collaboration across industry organizations—from startups to established SBIR-funded companies to large primes—in order to create guided explosive drone platforms for amphibious operations along with command and control capabilities for forward operating units incorporating edge processing among multi-sensor packages. He participated in multiple AFWERX innovation challenges, developing solutions to enhance Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), wargaming, wound care, materials performance, process control, power distribution, lethality, workforce education, resource management, mental health, and distributed unit coordination in denied environments. Mr. Paulin served as a FedTech Fellow, funded through the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), helping to transition federally-funded technology back into the private sector.
After working for Battelle Memorial Institute and serving the former Chief Oceanographer for the U.S. Navy in undersea robotics innovation, Mr. Paulin founded the Defense Innovation Network (DIN) in 2012 with the help of Microsoft’s Director of Civic Innovation. This organization now helps SBIR-backed companies to grow partnerships and simplify the funding and acquisitions process. In 2020, prior to joining the Air Force Office of the CSO, Mr. Paulin led the DIN’s virtual summit series, hosting 140+ leading defense experts to share in-depth innovation insights, and became an AFWERX Space Coach to further aid innovation in the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem serving the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. Outside of DIN leadership duties, Mr. Paulin served as a strategy consultant to multiple AFWERX SBIR-funded companies.
In earlier years, Mr. Paulin was the sole member of the POLITICO Pro Defense launch team to lead with a DoD background, and improved his open source intelligence skills in social media monitoring through a brief stint with Meltwater News, in San Francisco, CA, as their top new hire in an international Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) sales competition. He has collaborated with legislators on Capitol Hill and obtained media engagements to spark positive publicity and informative press coverage.
During college, Mr. Paulin studied security, loss prevention and dispatch at Walt Disney World’s command center, served as a Student Senator at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and finished his undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurship and Leadership from Babson College. He studied software development via The Foundation, user experience design via SpringBoard.com and IDEO (through cross-enrollment at Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering), and internet marketing (including community building, product launches, and data-driven journey mapping). Mr. Paulin has served his community in Central Illinois as a Rotarian, Hospital Chaplain, Deputy Sheriff and Board Member of the local animal shelter and art gallery. He was named Prescott after where his parents met in flight school, at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Prescott, AZ.