Give DoD CIO More Power, Advisory Board Says

January 19, 2012

The Defense Department chief information officer should have greater authority over CIOs in the military branches and DoD agencies in deciding and enforcing policies concerning data center consolidation and cloud computing, an influential Pentagon advisory board says.

The independent Defense Business Board, comprised of private-sector executives, approved a slate of recommendations that promote more clout for the DoD CIO, Teri Takai. The board's report goes to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter for consideration.

The DoD CIO should have authority and backing from the deputy secretary to decide and enforce policies related to data center consolidation, cloud computing and the termination of information technology applications and legacy systems, said board member David Langstaff, who led the study. Langstaff is president and CEO of TASC Inc., a systems engineering and integration company. 

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