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Doug Montgomery

Manager, Internet and Scalable Systems Research

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Position Description:

Manager of Internet and Scalable Systems Research within the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).   In that role I provide technical leadership to NIST's current research and standardization efforts in Internet Infrastructure Protection (e.g., Naming and Routing Security, Internet Protocol security); next-generation Internet technologies  (e.g., IPv6, SDN / NFV); and measurement, modeling, and analysis of behaviors within the Internet system.   

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I have been a leader in NIST's research in next-generation Internet technologies since 1986.   While the advanced networking technologies under study have spanned a broad spectrum over my career at NIST (e.g., IP quality of service, Internet telephony, Internet security and key management, robust Internet routing / naming / addressing, mobile systems, programmable networks, optical networking, multi-protocol label switching, service discovery, pervasive computing, IP version 6, public safety communications, congestion control, cloud computing, quantum cryptography), the strategic plan has been consistent:  to research and apply advanced test and measurement techniques to improve the quality and timeliness of new networking technologies that address identified national priorities and/or have the greatest potential for fueling broad-based innovation in the Internet.

The technical activities in my group run the range from basic research, to the design and analysis of consensus standards, to the development and operation of international conformance and interoperability testing programs.   I serve as the primary external representative for most of these efforts and have represented the work of my group to numerous industry, government and academic audiences, including congressional committees, inter-agency groups, international governments, VCAT and NRC review panels as well as other agency collaborators.   Examples of such interactions include House Science Committee, Federal CIO Council, Federal CIO, OSTP, NITRD, OMB, GSA, NTIA, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), North American Network Operators Group(NANOG), ISO/IEC.

My management experience as a group leader at NIST includes managing a staff of computer scientists, electrical engineers, mathematicians and administrative personnel engaged in a wide variety of research and support tasks.  In the time that I have been a manager, the projects and programs in my group have been supported by DHS, NSA, LTS, DARPA, NSF, OMB, GSA, NIST ATP, DISA, NIST NAMT, NIST OLES and NIST IMS research funds.


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Technical Interests:

Next generation network technologies, Internet core infrastructure (naming, addressing, routing), scalability and robustness of Internet infrastructure, measurement and modeling of large-scale networked information systems.

Current Projects:

Past Projects:

  • Internet Protocol Security
  • Multi-Protocol Label Switching
  • All-Optical Networks
  • Programmable Active Services with SIP




  • 2019 Dept of Commerce Bronze Medal - For technical contributions to DoC/DHS effort on Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and
    Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats
  • 2019 Dept of Commerce Bronze Medal - For leadership in public/private collaborations that have advanced the security of national and global network infrastructures.
  • 2013 Dept of Commerce Gold Medal – Technical leadership in the development of the USGv6 Program fostering wide scale operational deployment of IPv6 in the USG.
  • 2011 Dept of Commerce Gold Medal – Technical leadership, in collaboration with NTIA, to deploy DNSSEC at the root of the global DNS.
  • 2009 Dept of Commerce Gold Medal – Technical leadership, in collaboration with GSA, to deploy DNSSEC in the .gov Top Level Domain.
  • 2008  Federal 100 Award – Technical leadership, in collaboration with OMB, in the transition to IPv6.
  • 2008 ITL Best Standards Contribution Award – NIST SP on BGP Security.
  • 2007 ITL Best Journal Paper Award – Attack Modeling on the Global Routing System.
  • 1993 Dept of Commerce Bronze Medal – Technical leadership in testing frame relay technologies.
  • 1999 NIST Golf League Team Championship - Team Drain-O.



Created October 9, 2019, Updated April 6, 2020