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Phoenix Defense Appraised at Highest Possible CMMI Maturity Level 5

Gilbert, AZ (October 13, 2023) – The Phoenix Defense Engineering Services division has been formally appraised at level 5, the highest maturity level possible, of ISACA’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®). The appraisal was led by Kris Puthucode of the Software Quality Center, LLC from Gilbert, AZ. Phoenix Defense became the first company successfully appraised including CMMI’s new security practice areas.


CMMI is a proven, outcome-based performance model and the globally accepted standard for improving capability, optimizing business performance and aligning operations to business goals. Essential to those business goals are the:

  • Reduction of delivered defects and any impacts to fielded operations
  • Reduction of the cost of poor quality balanced with adequate cost of quality to strike the appropriate balance
  • Developing and delivering the right product, the first time
  • Streamlining our internal processes to avoid security issues, data compromises, rework, and inefficient processes


For over 18 years our organization has been progressively applying CMMI practices to our Phoenix Defense organization to continuously improve quality and efficiency. A surprise was how the application of CMMI has become a fundamental catalyst for introducing innovation into our processes and products,” stated Barry Clinger, Phoenix Defense Chief Technology Officer (CTO).


Al Funderburk, Phoenix Defense CEO, added, “Adopting CMMI has been a game-changer for our organization and our contributions to our customers’ success. It has led to significant performance improvements across the board, enhancing our competitiveness and assisting in positioning us as a market leader”.


About Phoenix Defense

Phoenix Defense LLC includes group companies: Phoenix Logistics, Riptide Software, PLI Manufacturing, Phoenix Defense Ventures and Phoenix Defense Germany GmbH. Phoenix Defense is an agile provider of engineering, information technology, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain services to the defense, space, aerospace, and industrial markets. The company is made up of talented experts, with years of defense and industry experience, who reliably solve technical and programmatic problems related to military training, software development and cybersecurity, aerospace design and manufacturing and complex logistical provisioning.


For more information, go to phx-defense.com