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Army splits CIO role

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The Army is restructuring the CIO role to have leads focused on IT needs and policy, and military network communication, the service announced. The initial split is expected to take effect by Aug. 31.

"The Army views data as a strategic asset and this separation of functions will better focus the responsibilities, policies and programs necessary to enable the Army to transition from the Industrial Age to the Information Age," the Army said in a statement.

The Army CIO position will become two: the CIO and deputy chief of staff for the G-6. The CIO role will continue to serve as the service’s lead in tech policy and top advisor to the defense secretary for IT and information resource management.

The deputy chief of staff for G-6 will serve as the principal military advisor to the defense secretary and Army chief of staff on network communication and implementing the CIO's policies.

Army Cyber Command will also help execute CIO policies and give "direction to Network Command as the actual executor," according to the announcement.

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Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at [email protected], or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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