Thomas P. Michelli
Acting Principal Deputy, Chief Information Officer
Department of Defense
Mr. Thomas P. Michelli currently serves as the Acting Principal Deputy, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO). In this capacity, Mr. Michelli assists the Acting DoD CIO as the primary advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management / Information Technology (IT) and Information Assurance, as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications.
Mr. Michelli is the CIO and Deputy Assistant Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and IT (C4IT), and is on assignment to the DoD CIO. In this role, he guides the development of C4IT and cybersecurity strategic policy and governance, and oversees the acquisition, design, engineering, operation, maintenance, and recapitalization of the Coast Guard’s $1.5 billion C4IT infrastructure.
Mr. Michelli joined government service in 2006 after spending time in the private sector. In the federal sector, he served as the Chief, Information Operations Division for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). He subsequently jointed the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in several senior leadership roles, including serving as the DLA’s first Director of Intelligence. He ultimately was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2010 and was the DLA’s Executive Director of Enterprise Solutions, J64. Following DLA, he was the CIO for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, D.C.
Prior to this government service, Mr. Michelli served as the Director of International IT Operations, and Director and CIO, Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Cushman & Wakefield, a global commercial real estate firm. He also served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Army Business Unit for General Dynamics Information Technology.
Mr. Michelli joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1984 after graduating from Franklin University and commissioning from the Ohio State University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Program. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with rank of Colonel in the Engineer Corps.