2015 Fed 100

Federal 100: Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr.

Ronnie Hawkins Jr

Name: Lt. Gen. Ronnie D. Hawkins Jr.
Title: Director
Defense Information Systems Agency
Agency: Defense Department

The gatekeeper. Hawkins has one of the hardest jobs in federal IT: to help protect the Pentagon's global information networks, which are under unrelenting cyberattack. The DISA director has managed it by making progress on vast projects such as the Joint Regional Security Stacks, a collection of servers, switches and software tools intended to give network operators better visibility into the traffic on those networks. JRSS might not win headlines, but it is the kind of labor-intensive project that will make DOD networks more secure.

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