New Defense CIO on the job

John Stenbit's answers to the Senate Armed Services Committee

John Stenbit has been sworn in as the new Defense Department chief information officer.

Stenbit, a former executive with TRW Inc., was confirmed by the Senate Aug. 3 and was sworn in by David Cooke, DOD's director of administration and management, during a ceremony Aug. 7.

Stenbit is also assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications and intelligence. He replaces Art Money, who left that post in April.

Stenbit was executive vice president for special assignments at TRW's Aerospace and Information Systems unit before retiring in May 2001. In earlier posts, he served as executive vice president and general manager of TRW Systems Integration Group, responsible for the engineering and integration of complex systems such as strategic and tactical command and control, information processing and security.

He has also served as chairman of the Federal Aviation Administration's Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee and chairman of the Science and Technology Advisory Panel at the CIA.

The assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications and intelligence serves as the adviser to the secretary of Defense on information superiority, communications and intelligence policy issues.

An early issue facing Stenbit is the level of testing needed for the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. Linton Wells II, who had been the acting DOD CIO, has been a major proponent for more extensive testing than the standard for commercial systems.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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