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New Army CIO confirmed

The Senate last month confirmed Maj. Gen. Steven Boutelle as the new chief information officer of the Army and approved his promotion to the rank of lieutenant general. He succeeds retiring Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello.

Boutelle acknowledged May 27 that integrating existing applications with new technologies will be one of his main challenges.

Lt. Gen. Joseph Kellogg Jr., the Joint Chiefs of Staff's director of command, control, communications and computers, called Boutelle a "great officer" and said he is eminently qualified to succeed Cuviello.

"Boutelle was one of the key architects for Force XXI," Kellogg said, referring to the Army's experimental force for the future. "He is forever forward-thinking, but more importantly, he is always thinking first about the soldiers."

Boutelle, who spoke May 27 at the Army Information Technology Day sponsored by the Northern Virginia chapter of AFCEA International, said one of his major tasks will be integrating legacy applications and platforms with new technology that is continually emerging.

NATO transformation chief nominated

President Bush and the NATO secretary general have nominated Navy Adm. E. P. Giambastiani as the new Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation.

The position is new, based on NATO's decision last summer to restructure itself. What had been the Allied Command Atlantic will now be the Supreme Allied Command-Transformation and will be responsible for ensuring the compatibility of applications, platforms and weapons systems among the 19 NATO nations.

Giambastiani is commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va.

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