Bush nominates new Defense CIO

As had been widely expected, the Bush administration has nominated Francis Harvey to take the helm as the Defense Department's chief information officer even though the current CIO has yet to formally announce that he is leaving.

The White House Monday nominated Harvey to be assistant secretary for networks and information integration, a post held by John Stenbit. Stenbit had been reported to be leaving, but the Pentagon has yet to make such an announcement. In fact, DOD officials have said that Stenbit has numerous items on his calendar through February.

Harvey is vice chairman of Duratek Inc. He is known more for his business aptitude than his information technology know-how.

Observers have suggested that the appointment means that Harvey, a former Westinghouse Electronic Corp. executive, could be more focused on carrying out the defense IT transformation efforts that have been started in the last few years rather than crafting policy and vision statements.

Harvey has ties to the Carlyle Group LLC, a powerful Washington, D.C., investment firm.

Stenbit became CIO and assistant secretary for networks and information integration in August 2001. The former TRW Inc. executive has worked in both the public and private sector for more than 30 years. He has been the main proponent of DOD's efforts to move toward network-centric operations.

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