Senate approves Navy network leader

Just weeks after he was nominated, the Senate has approved Navy Vice Adm. Richard Mayo to head the new command responsible for all the service's information technology networks, information operations and space requirements.

Mayo will lead the Naval Network Warfare Command, which was created by Navy Secretary Gordon England in February. The command is scheduled to begin operations by June, with headquarters at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek in Norfolk, Va.

Mayo has been the director of space and electronic warfare for the chief of naval operations in the Pentagon since August 1999.

Navy officials have stressed that creation of the new command signals a recognition of the importance of networks and space and how critical both are to missions.

Mayo, a native of Falls Church, Va., previously was the Navy's deputy director and fleet liaison for space, information warfare, command and control.

The Naval Network Warfare Command is seen as an effort to align the staff members needed to support the concept of one naval network and to support that network's end-to-end operational management, Navy officials said.

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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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