Building a Robust Threat Management System

Thomas Michelli

Vice Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4)/Cyber and
Deputy Chief Information Officer

The Joint Chiefs of Staff/J6

Mr. Thomas P. Michelli currently serves as the Vice Director, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4)/Cyber and Deputy Chief Information Officer, Joint Chiefs of Staff/J6. He is responsible for providing advice and recommendations to the Director, J6, and the Combatant Commands (CCMDs) on all C4/Cyber, Space, PNT, Transport, allied and coalition interoperability development and assessments, and defensive cyberspace matters.

Most recently, Mr. Michelli was the Acting Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity within the Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Chief Information Officer. Mr. Michelli was responsible for ensuring the department had a well-defined and well-executed $8 billion cybersecurity program and for coordinating cybersecurity standards, policies and procedures with other federal agencies, coalition partners and industry. Mr. Michelli also served as the Acting Principal Deputy, Chief Information Officer, providing oversight to DoD’s $45 billion IT budget and assisting the Acting DoD CIO as 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.

Prior to the DoD CIO, Mr. Michelli was the CIO and Deputy Assistant Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and IT (C4IT). In this role, he guided 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 entered government civilian service in 2006 after spending time in the private sector as the Director of International IT Operations, and Director and CIO, Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Cushman & Wakefield and as the Chief Technology Officer for the Army Business Unit for General Dynamics Information Technology.

Since 2006, he has served as the Chief, Information Operations Division for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), and held several senior leadership roles at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and was the DLA’s first Director of Intelligence. He 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.