Pollett takes over at DISA

At a ceremony at Fort Meyer, Va., on Dec. 17, Army Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett became director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and commander of the Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations.

In his new role, Pollet will direct DISA in its mission to provide real-time information technology and communications support to the president, vice president, secretary of defense, the military services and the Defense Department's combatant commands. As commander of JTF-GNO, Pollett will serve as DOD's chief network warrior, leading the operation of DOD networks worldwide for the U.S. Strategic Command.

Pollett joins DISA from STRATCOM, where he most recently served as chief of staff under Gen. Kevin Chilton. His assumption of the directorship of DISA marks a return to the agency, where he served as the principal director for operations and commander of global operations with DISA's Global Information Grid Operations Directorate from August 2001 to February 2003.

Navy Rear Adm. Elizabeth Hight, who has served as acting DISA director since the retirement in July of Air Force Lt. General Charles Croom, will remain at DISA as vice director.

Key issues facing Pollett include the relocation of both DISA and JTF-GNO to Fort Meade under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, and retention of the civilian workforce of the agency, currently based in Arlington, Va. He will also take up responsibility for a broad range of major IT development and procurement programs, including DISA's Net-Enabled Command and Control (NECC) and Network Centric Enterprise Services (NCES).

Over the course of his 33-year career with the Army, Lt. Gen. Pollett has commanded the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and the 5th Signal Command. He has also served in senior leadership positions with the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army in Germany, and is a veteran of combat operations in Operations Desert Storm and Just Cause. His decorations and awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and seven awards of the Meritorious Service Medal. He also wears the Master Parachutist's Badge.

About the Author

Sean Gallagher is senior contributing editor for Defense Systems.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.