Roster Change

Frank Perry, technical director for the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, will leave that post this month to become the chief technology officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Perry was responsible for integrating engineering and development activities across Spawar's programs.

Capt. Ron Polkowsky will take over as the Spawar chief engineer, and Ken McCloud will take over as acting program manager, warfare.

Perry's move will reunite him with John Gauss, the VA's chief information officer. Gauss and Perry worked together at Spawar and the Defense Information Systems Agency.

For more, see "Spawar tech director going to VA" [, Nov. 13, 2001].


Three former federal executives recently joined Suss Consulting Inc.: Richard Weirich, former chief information officer at the U.S. Postal Service; Joe Chaddic, former deputy CIO and chief knowledge officer at the State Department; and James Cassity, former joint staff J-6 and senior vice president and general manager of BDM Inc.

Suss specializes in government market strategy, research, sales and proposals. The firm provides services directly to government agencies.


A pair of former federal-level chief information officers and other industry heavyweights have agreed to be founding members of Sigaba Corp.'s federal advisory board.

Tom Hewitt, founder and chief executive officer of Global Governments Inc., is chairman of Sigaba's federal board and a member of the company's overall board of directors. Hewitt, who was co-founder and president of Federal Sources Inc., has more than 30 years of public-sector business development experience.

Joining Hewitt on the board are two former federal-level CIOs: Roger Baker and Alan Balutis. Baker, formerly CIO at the Commerce Department, is now executive vice president and manager of the network and telecommunications business group at CACI International Inc.

Balutis is currently executive director and chief operating officer for the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils and its Industry Advisory Council. Before joining that nonprofit organization, Balutis was director of the Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and a deputy CIO at Commerce.

The other members of the Sigaba federal advisory board are:

* Lloyd Griffiths, dean of the School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

* Ed Hart, a former National Security Agency official and current president of Hart Enterprises LLC, an information technology consulting firm serving government, high-tech companies, venture capital firms and Fortune 100 clients.

* Lynn McNulty, president of McNulty and Associates, which provides information security and program management consulting services to private- and public-sector clients.

For more, see "Sigaba forms fed advisory board" [, Nov. 8, 2001]


AFCEA International has appointed retired Vice Adm. Herbert Browne president and chief executive officer of the association, effective October 2001. He succeeds retired Air Force Lt. Gen C. Norman Wood, who retired in October after more than five years as AFCEA's president and CEO.

Browne comes to AFCEA from GRC International Inc., a division of AT&T, where he was vice president of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance applied technologies. He has more than 10 years of senior-level experience in command and control systems integration in aircraft, command ships and space systems. Browne retired from the Navy in October 2000 after 36 years of service. His last position was deputy commander in chief of U.S. Space Command, Colorado Springs, Co.


Eugene Kelly recently was named director of Decision Systems Technologies Inc.'s RDC Group, which focuses on the integration of Earth and space science and information technology. Most recently, Kelly was at L-3 Communications/EER Systems Inc. as the Millennia Lite program manager focusing on gaining new business and managing existing programs under the General Services Administration contract.


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