The Fall and Rise of the CIO
- By George I. Seffers
- Dec 10, 2000
In the Defense Department, the same person acts as chief information officer
and assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications
and intelligence (ASD/C3I). Current CIO Art Money is a political appointee
who will likely exit with the Clinton administration.
The recommendation to strengthen the CIO position is not the first attempt.
In 1997, Defense Secretary William Cohen announced plans to abolish the
ASD/C3I position, dividing its functions between departments and tapping
the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and technology as CIO.
Cohen changed course after the move was widely denounced by experts in command
and control and information warfare. They argued that the growing dependence
on information operations on the battlefield will require a strong ASD/C3I
So Cohen substantially broadened the office's reach in 1998, creating a
new structure that enabled the Pentagon to develop policies and programs
by combining data from assets such as reconnaissance satellites with traditional