Pollett takes over at DISA
At a ceremony at Fort Meyer, Va., on Dec. 17, Army Lt. Gen. Carroll F.
Pollett became director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and
commander of the Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations.
his new role, Pollet will direct DISA in its mission to provide
real-time information technology and communications support to the
president, vice president, secretary of defense, the military services
and the Defense Department's combatant commands. As commander of
JTF-GNO, Pollett will serve as DOD's chief network warrior, leading the
operation of DOD networks worldwide for the U.S. Strategic Command.
joins DISA from STRATCOM, where he most recently served as chief of
staff under Gen. Kevin Chilton. His assumption of the directorship of
DISA marks a return to the agency, where he served as the principal
director for operations and commander of global operations with DISA's
Global Information Grid Operations Directorate from August 2001 to
Navy Rear Adm. Elizabeth Hight, who has served as
acting DISA director since the retirement in July of Air Force Lt.
General Charles Croom, will remain at DISA as vice director.
issues facing Pollett include the relocation of both DISA and JTF-GNO
to Fort Meade under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process,
and retention of the civilian workforce of the agency, currently based
in Arlington, Va. He will also take up responsibility for a broad range
of major IT development and procurement programs, including DISA's
Net-Enabled Command and Control (NECC) and Network Centric Enterprise
Over the course of his 33-year career with the
Army, Lt. Gen. Pollett has commanded the U.S. Army Network Enterprise
Technology Command/9th Signal Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and the
5th Signal Command. He has also served in senior leadership positions
with the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army in Germany, and is a veteran
of combat operations in Operations Desert Storm and Just Cause. His
decorations and awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal,
the Defense Superior Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit,
the Bronze Star Medal, and seven awards of the Meritorious Service
Medal. He also wears the Master Parachutist's Badge.
Sean Gallagher is senior contributing editor for Defense Systems.