Federal 100: Jan L. Janssen

Jan L. Janssen
Director
Ground Enterprise Directorate
National Reconnaissance Office

Government leaders who keep harping about the need for efficiency should make sure they have Jan Janssen’s details in their contact lists.

A dozen legacy go-forward ground systems at the NRO did the job, but having evolved independently of each other, they blocked any broad enterprisewide investment in infrastructure and operations. They were effective, but inefficient.

Janssen defined a new architecture for the NRO ground system, charted an implementation plan, and built the cross-agency, cross-government team needed to execute it. The result is an NRO ground enterprise that uses just four commercially based systems that will allow for more easily shared data and a far higher operating efficiency.

Read more about the 2011 Federal 100 award winners.

About the Author

Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.

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