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Staff changes at Cyber Command, West shifts to FDIC and Kendall talks acquisition

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Cyber Command gets new command senior enlisted leader

Army Sgt. Maj. David Redmond is replacing Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Slater as command senior enlisted leader for U.S. Cyber Command and senior enlisted adviser for the National Security Agency, at Fort Meade, Md., the Pentagon announced Nov. 3. Redmond is currently assigned to the Army G2, the service’s intelligence department.

FDIC taps new CIO

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has named Barry C. West as its new CIO.

West, who currently serves as CIO and deputy chief management officer for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, will assume the FDIC post Dec. 1.

West boasts more than 30 years of experience in the IT field, according to an FDIC statement announcing his appointment. He previously served as CIO for Department of Commerce and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and as executive vice president for SE Solutions Inc., a management and information technology services firm.

Kendall meets with industry to talk acquisition reform

Frank Kendall, the Defense Department’s top acquisition official, on Nov. 1 met for five hours with executives from the Aerospace Industries Association, Boeing and Lockheed Martin to discuss the Pentagon’s efforts to reform the byzantine acquisition system.

The meeting was “consistent with the department's objective to maintain an ongoing and open dialogue with the defense industrial base,” said Maureen Schumann, a spokesperson for Kendall, in an email to FCW.

The three industry participants declined to comment on the meeting.

Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, in September released a draft of Better Buying Power 3.0, a new round of acquisition reform that aims to shore up the U.S. military’s technological advantage over potential adversaries.

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