• DOD CIO Takai’s role expanding according to reports

    February 22nd, 2012 by admin Categories: Blogs Tags: , , , , ,

    After 18 months DOD IT reform finally beginning “to bear fruit” according to Information Week’s J. Nicholas Hoover, and not surprisingly former California CIO Teri Takai is right in the thick of things:

    …DOD’s reforms thus far have seemed to place a greater emphasis on the role of DOD CIO Teri Takai.

    The most recent piece of the overhaul is a renewed emphasis on the DOD CIO executive board, an organization of top DOD officials that informally advises the CIO on a broad array of issues. In a memo issued to DOD officials earlier this month, deputy secretary of defense Ashton Carter said that he wanted to “refocus and strengthen” the board on providing “active” guidance on the military’s IT goals…

    The executive board move could tie Takai more closely with the rest of DOD leadership, as the board counts among its members the directors of NSA and the Defense Information Systems Agency and several undersecretaries of defense. “The goal of the board is to provide unified direction and leadership to effectively and efficiently manage and operate the information enterprise,” Carter wrote in the memo.

    Last month, Carter officially disestablished ASD/NII. That move had been on the table since August 2010, when then-secretary of defense Robert Gates announced that the military would be creating a stronger DOD CIO position and in the process eliminate ASD/NII because it had become “redundant, costly, and cumbersome.”

    The memo disestablishing ASD/NII also directed that the DOD CIO remain as the military’s “primary authority for the policy and oversight of information resources management.” Although it handed some acquisition authority over to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics, the memo also clarified that Takai would retain certain other authority on IT acquisition.

    The third recent major change at DOD was the unveiling of the military’s enterprise IT strategy in December. The strategy outlined $5.2 billion in cuts through infrastructure consolidation and enterprise services and identified a total of 26 initiatives to increase DOD’s IT efficiency and effectiveness.

    The IT strategy plots “aggressive consolidation” of IT at DOD through 2015 in order to do away with what Takai wrote in the document amounted to a “patchwork of capabilities” that have resulted from decentralized IT planning.

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