Cebrowski chosen for Transformation

Retired Navy Vice. Adm. Arthur Cebrowski has been selected to lead the Defense Department's newly created Office of Force Transformation.

Cebrowski, former president of the Naval War College and a respected military information technology leader, has been rumored for the post for months. The Pentagon made the appointment official Nov. 26.

Cebrowski will report directly to the secretary and deputy secretary of Defense, DOD officials said.

He will spearhead the Pentagon's efforts to evaluate transformation activities of each of the services, and he will recommend steps for integrating those activities into other ongoing efforts.

Pentagon officials noted that Cebrowski has been called the "father of network-centric warfare," which is one of the centerpieces of the department's transformation planning and the cornerstone of DOD chief information officer John Stenbit's plans.

In the Quadrennial Defense Review and Defense Planning Guidance, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had called for the creation of the Force Transformation Office as part of the Bush administration's broad goal to transform DOD.

"Art Cebrowski is the perfect guy to promote and analyze our transformation efforts," Rumsfeld said in a statement. "I chose him for his broad military experience, his strong credentials in joint operations and information technology, and his grasp of the cultural and technical issues involved in transformation."

Cebrowski retired from the Navy in October after serving as the president of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

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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,, 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, 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.

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