Spawar tech director going to VA

Frank Perry biography

Frank Perry, the 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.

Rear Adm. Kenneth Slaght, Spawar's vice commander, announced Perry's departure earlier this month. "I know this was a difficult decision that he arrived at for personal reasons," Slaght said.

Perry was responsible for integrating engineering and development activities across Spawar's programs.

Slaght noted that Spawar's past focus was on interfacing and that the future focuses on integration.

During Perry's tenure, Spawar made "substantial progress toward that integrated future," Slaght said. It is important that the leadership team accomplish as smooth a transition as possible, he said.

Capt. Ron Polkowsky will take over as the Spawar chief engineer, and Ken McCloud will become 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. Gauss retired as Spawar commander earlier this year.

Perry has specialized in information security. Rep. Stephen Horn (R-Calif.) recently gave the VA a failing grade for its information security efforts.

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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