2016 Fed 100

Federal 100: Lt. Gen. Mark S. Bowman

Name: Lt. Gen. Mark S. Bowman
Title: Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber
Joint Staff
Agency: Defense Department

Straight shooter. Bowman is not afraid to talk bluntly about the Pentagon's IT shortcomings. In June 2015, he said of a departmentwide IT security project: "A lot of people are happy about where we are. I'm not." Described by one colleague as a "tireless change agent," Bowman has been a big backer of DOD's push for better cyber hygiene for all personnel, from privates to commanders. He has also put a vast bureaucracy on the path to widespread use of modern IT tools. One example: Thanks to his efforts, more than 80 percent of Joint Staff employees now use virtual desktops.

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