The Circuit


Defense Department 'a little, homogeneous corporation'?

 David DeVries, DOD’s deputy CIO for information management, integration and technology, demonstrated another talent recently: a dry wit.

His sense of irony was in full flower when he suggested, jokingly, that the Defense Department is “a little, homogeneous corporation.”

 “The secretary thinks of something and [DOD CIO Teri Takai] comes up with an innovative idea, she passes it along to the director, and we of course type up a quick memo and she signs it, and everyone says, ‘Hey, that’s a great idea, we’ll do this!’ And it gets done within a week or do,” joked DeVries. DeVries, Richard Spires, CIO at the Homeland Security Department and Casey Coleman, CIO at the General Services Administration participated in an April 13 panel discussion on how to secure the cloud with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. David McClure, associate administrator at GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, moderated the event, which was organized by the Association for Federal Information Resources Management.

Taking on a more serious tone and addressing the topic of information sharing, DeVries highlighted governmentwide collaboration and said his agency rarely does anything by itself. "Every action we take out there involves our partners, whether it's the federal government or the state and local governments," he said. "Gone are the days when the Department of Defense just worried about the warfighting mission side of the house. We are now across the whole spectrum and heavily engaged, and it all comes down to information sharing."

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


‘Trailblazing’ NDU president retires

National Defense University bid farewell to its president, Navy Vice Adm. Ann Rondeau, in a retirement ceremony held April 11 in Washington.

Rondeau was honored at the ceremony by the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. James Winnefeld Jr., who officiated the ceremony and hailed her as “a great sailor, a great officer and a great American.”

Rondeau retired after 38 years in the Navy. She had been president of NDU since 2009.

“Many of the women officers who are today growing into key line leadership positions in our Navy owe it to a few trail blazers like Ann, our Navy’s most senior three-star officer, who demonstrated how much we had to gain by opening the door to women’s leadership,” Winnefeld said.

According to a Defense Department release, Ambassador Nancy McEldowney, NDU’s senior vice president, will serve as interim president until Rondeau’s successor, Army Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin, arrives this summer. He is currently commandant of the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.

Posted by Amber Corrin on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


DISA honors excellence in acquisition

The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded its Diann McCoy Award for Excellence in Acquisition during a ceremony at DISA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md.

Named after the agency’s first-ever component acquisition executive, the yearly award recognizes individuals or teams that have made significant contributions in the acquisition process and significantly advanced DISA's overall mission.

At the March 29 ceremony, McCoy presented the award to the Global Information Grid Services Management Acquisition team for spearheading DISA’s efforts to replace current expiring contracts with modern, performance-based ones to provide services to operate, protect and maintain information networks.

Jim Travis, chief of the DISN Program Office in the DISA Network Services Directorate, accepted the award on behalf of the entire Network Services, Operations Directorate, and Procurement and Logistics Directorate Team that collaborated on the initiative.

McCoy spent 36 years in the federal government, with a decade-long stint at DISA. She also served in senior-level positions at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Air Force. After retiring from the public sector, McCoy joined Suss Consulting as a principal consultant.

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Apr 11, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments