DISA in transition

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The head of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) said the agency is shifting from a provider of information systems to one of command, control, communications and computer capabilities, and network services.

"DISA is an agency in transition," said Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege, the agency's director. He spoke Sept. 23 at the 2004 Network Centric Operations conference.

Raduege said he does not want DISA recognized as an agency always in flux. But he said most Fortune 500 companies reorganize about every 11 months to ensure the products and services they provide remain relevant.

"When it's needed, you do it," he said.

Raduege assumed command of DISA in 2000. He quickly implemented a 500-day plan to make the agency more service-oriented.

Last year, he announced that DISA would reorganize to more effectively support communications and network services for the president, Defense Department officials, unified combatant commanders who oversee forces in nine geographical regions and capabilities, and deployed combat units. He focused the agency on five areas: acquisition, engineering, finance, governance and operations.

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