Defense IT achievements honored

The Defense Department named its top information technology performers late last week by awarding its annual Chief Information Officer Awards.

The awards, for teams and individuals, recognize achievement in technology fields as defined in the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. Members of the DOD CIO Executive Board look for work that improves service, saves money or otherwise significantly affects the department's IT mission.

From more than 75 nominees, the DOD CIO Executive board picked out three teams and three individual winners.

Team winners, 2003
First placeMarine OnLine TeamAchieved a return to date of more than $1.8 million and a projected eventual return of almost $58.7 million on the U.S. Marine Corps Total Force Administration System, which allows more than 1,000 administrative manpower positions to be eliminated or converted to combat arms positions.
Second placeDOD Enterprise Software Initiative TeamConsolidated requirements and established agreements with vendors to take advantage of the military's vast buying power to save money on commercial software.
Third placeThe Air Force's Air Education and Training CommandReplaced the saturated telephone switch at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, reducing costs to $3.6 million from $7 million without reducing capability. Other Air Force major commands now use AETC's implementation plan, which is expected to produce a 90 percent reduction in equipment and people.
Individual winners, 2003
First placeAir Force Capt. Leonard Boothe, commander of the 39th Communication Squadron's Information Systems Flight, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.Led a 90-person team that supported U.S. and coalition units and maintained $40 million in assets for Operations Northern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Also led installation of command and control system improvements used during combat operations in Iraq.
Second placeHari Bezwada, information management and telecommunications product manager for efforts to rebuild the Pentagon after Sept. 11, 2001Devised the criteria for recovering and rebuilding the IT infrastructure and for restructuring the renovation contract that had been in effect before the attack.
Third placeDouglas Voelker, lead data network engineer, strategic planner and architect for the U.S. Joint Forces Command's Joint Communications Support ElementWas on the data engineering team that developed concepts, integrated technologies and tested Central Command's $54 million deployable headquarters. Voelker's recommendations have become part of Joint Vision 2020, the Global Information Grid architecture and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff instructions.


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