Federal 100: Maria Levesque

Maria Levesque
Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center
Defense Intelligence Agency

When charged with shifting key technology to a private cloud and meeting objectives for reducing the number of federal data centers, Maria Levesque saw an opportunity to streamline complex communications systems.

She designed and deployed a wide-area network optimization project to 50 locations worldwide, and she did it in a record 120 days. The project yielded major efficiencies without costly bandwidth upgrades and enabled faster fielding of data-heavy, multimedia IT applications to remote locations that previously would have required expensive, complicated infrastructure improvements.

“Maria accomplished something believed to be undoable given the constraints, timelines and organizational adversity,” said Michael Mestrovich, DIA’s senior technology officer for innovation and CIO. “Maria’s project directly impacts warfighters, analysts and other mission partners at remote sites, including Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Read more about the 2011 Federal 100 award winners.

About the Author

Amber Corrin is a former staff writer for FCW and Defense Systems.

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