April 16, 2013
In the 1986 movie, "Heartbreak Ridge," Clint Eastwood plays the salty Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Highway, an old-school Marine who realizes he must change some of his ways to succeed in a changing world.
His personal mantra — "improvise, adapt, overcome" — is also a teaching point he uses — relentlessly — with the Marines of his underperforming reconnaissance platoon. We, in the Department of the Navy, face a similar ...
March 15, 2013
The DON IT Conference, East Coast 2013 will not be held in Virginia Beach this year due to budget and travel restrictions. The AFCEA/USNI Joint Warfighting Conference scheduled for May 14-16, 2013, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center will still take place. Several senior DON and DoD leaders are scheduled to appear as speakers and panel participants. Local commands are encouraged to attend, with appropriate command ...
January 29, 2013
Chances are you've seen the TV ad for a used-car company that begins with a potential buyer looking for “a car.” He is suddenly facing a sea of automobiles, which he narrows down by being more specific: "A red car. With good gas mileage. With four doors." And so on.
This is a good example of what we in the IT world call "transparency." Contrary to common misconceptions, data transparency does not mean access to all ...
January 15, 2013
In response to DoD and DON guidance, the DON IT Conference, West Coast 2013 has been cancelled. The conference was scheduled for Jan. 28-30, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center. Please cancel all travel and lodging reservations as soon as possible.
The AFCEA West Conference, scheduled for Jan. 29-31, 2013, at the San Diego Convention Center will still take place. ...
October 24, 2012
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." Albert Einstein said these words two generations ago, and yet they ring even more true today. But, we must not stop there. While it is vital that we use current solutions, best practices and technologies to enable our immediate success, we must also maintain a steadfast eye on the horizon for future requirements, industry trends ...
August 8, 2012
The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer deployed the next generation of its website today to better showcase content and provide improved access to the information relied on daily by members of the DON IT community.
July 27, 2012
We all save an overabundance of mementos from the past — whether it is a favorite blanket from grandma, a box full of baseball cards (unfortunately, not a Tug McGraw or Ted Williams rookie
card in the mix), or 20-year-old report cards. While it may be comforting to know that we can always find a particular item; in reality, is that box of baseball cards valuable enough to keep around? We, as a department, have long ...
June 5, 2012
At the most recent Department of the Navy Information Technology Conference in Virginia Beach, Va., Terry Halvorsen, DON Chief Information Officer, held a town hall to discuss his strategy for business IT transformation and the future of DON IT. Download the full transcript, which includes questions from the audience, here.
May 30, 2012
During the next five to 10 years, the Department of the Navy is facing significant budget constraints. To support vital warfighting capabilities that protect the safety of the nation, it is necessary to find efficiencies in other areas. As part of this effort, the DON Chief Information Office and its information technology partners, such as internal stakeholders and industry, will thoroughly review all operations from an ...
by Terry Halvorsen - May 17, 2012
As a department, we like to save our data and records -- to ensure we will have a historical record or to meet a regulatory requirement. And indeed, many of the Department's business processes require the legitimate use of sensitive information. However, there are cases in which personally identifiable information (PII) or protected health information (PHI) should not be used, maintained or collected.
by Terry Halvorsen - April 20, 2012
Two years ago, Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the national debt the greatest threat to national security. He also emphasized the importance of good fiscal stewardship and the need for Department of Defense leaders to work together to cut spending, which had doubled from 2000 to 2010.
February 16, 2012
The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer spoke of the need to change requirements of the Department of Navy Cyber/IT workforce to stay competitive in the rapidly changing IT environment of today. During the DON IT Conference, Terry Halvorsen, DON CIO, spoke of his multidimensional approach to further professionalize the workforce through updating skill requirements, increasing coordination with DON business ...
February 2, 2012
The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer discussed the Department's IT business transformation efforts to prepare for a fiscally constrained future with enterprise and joint solutions that are effective, efficient and agile during the DON Information Technology Conference in San Diego.
by Terry Halvorsen - January 12, 2012
Happy New Year! This year, the Department of the Navy will build on the efforts of 2011 as we continue on our difficult but necessary journey to transform the way the department manages its business information technology. Finding ways to become more effective in how we acquire and operate IT will lead to decreased costs and ensure we hit the target of reducing the IT budget by 25 percent by 2017.
by Jessica Pelenberg - November 21, 2011
As the quest for cost saving efficiencies rages on, three government officials spoke about the challenges their organizations are facing and their plans to tackle them at the Fifth Annual C5ISR Government and Industry Partnership Conference held Nov. 16, in Charleston, S.C.
by Terry Halvorsen - October 26, 2011
It has been a busy year for the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer staff and the information technology efficiencies integrated product teams (IPT) as we analyze how the DON can improve the way business IT is purchased, managed and operated. This hard work will enhance the department's effectiveness, as well as result in real savings, as we grapple with shrinking budgets.
September 6, 2011
The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign with more than 200 CFC campaigns throughout the country and internationally, helping to raise millions of dollars each year.
by Terry Halvorsen - July 24, 2011
The Department of the Navy must change the way it manages its business information technology (IT) systems. It is the reality of these fiscally constrained times; and frankly, it is the right thing to do as good stewards of taxpayer money.
June 6, 2011
The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer discussed the Department's work to become more effective and efficient in the information technology domain during the DON Information Technology Conference in Virginia Beach May 10-12.
March 28, 2011
The Department of the Navy Information Enterprise Governance Board (IGB) was established March 1 to serve as the Department's single, senior information management, information technology/cybersecurity and information resources management (IRM) policy and governance forum. This executive board serves in both a decision-making and advisory capacity.
November 22, 2010
Mr. Terry Halvorsen has been selected to serve as the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus effective Nov. 22, 2010. As the DON CIO, Mr. Halvorsen heads the Office of the DON CIO and is the DON's senior official and advisor on matters related to Information Management (IM), Information Technology (IT)/cyberspace (including national security systems) and Information Resources ...
by Robert J. Carey - November 9, 2009
Our vision for KM/IM is to, "create, capture, share and reuse knowledge to enable effective and agile decision-making, increase the efficiency of task accomplishment, and improve mission effectiveness."
February 20, 2009
Congratulations to the Department of the Navy's 2009 Federal 100 award winners. The Federal 100 award recognizes individuals in government and industry who made significant contributions to the federal information technology community in 2008.
by Christy Crimmins - October 29, 2008
Pentagon Memorial opens on 7th anniversary of 9/11 attacks
On Sept. 11, 2008, an estimated 16,000 people gathered to dedicate the Pentagon Memorial. Those in attendance included family, friends and colleagues of the victims of the attack on the Pentagon, as well as military and civilian dignitaries.
"From this time forward, the Pentagon will be more than a symbol of government, more than the seat of military power. ...
by Michael Hardy, FCW - October 29, 2008
The Executive Leadership Conference ended today with a panel of agency chief information officers sounding off on a variety of topics. Deputy Defense Department CIO Dave Wennergren led the discussion, punctuated with frequent audience questions. View entire FCW article.
by Wilson P. Dizard III, GCN - August 4, 2008
Information sharing, the drumbeat phrase of national defense for seven years, is being matched these days with technologies capable of elevating it from a bumper-sticker slogan to a tool of great power — and commensurate risk. View entire GCN article.
by Wyatt Kash, GCN - August 1, 2008
The vision of adapting next-generation Internet technologies in the Defense Department is gaining new urgency as businesses, and employees, increasingly embrace Web-based social networking applications. But the horizon for what some call the Defense 2.0 era appears a long way off as culture, inertia, and IT security concerns that grow only more complicated in a Web 2.0 world, continue to challenge military IT leaders. ...
by Command Communications Team - February 15, 2008
Congratulations are in order for individuals and teams throughout the Department of the Navy. The DON Chief Information Officer presented DON Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) Excellence Awards on Feb. 5, 2008, during the DON IM/IT Conference in San Diego, Ca. Additionally, Federal Computer Week announced its 2008 Federal 100 awards, which will be presented at an awards gala in March.
February 13, 2008
Seven Department of the Navy leaders have been recognized as "Agents of Change," this year's theme for the Federal 100 awards sponsored by Federal Computer Week magazine.
November 22, 2010
Mr. Terry Halvorsen serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Navy (DON). As the DON CIO, Mr. Halvorsen heads the Office of the DON CIO and is the DON's senior official and advisor on matters related to Information Management (IM), Information Technology (IT)/cyberspace (including national security systems) and Information Resources Management (IRM). Mr. Halvorsen has oversight for the IM ...
April 2, 2008
The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer Organization Chart
November 12, 2012
The following are links to past messages from the DON CIO.
April 2, 2008
What is the DON CIO?
Federal Chief Information Officers were mandated by the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 to address information management and information technology (IM/IT) at the enterprise level. The Secretary of the Navy established the office of the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer in 1997 to provide top-level advocacy in the development and use of IM/IT and to create a unified IM/IT vision for the ...
April 2, 2008
ORGANIZATION The office of the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer is organized to align and integrate information management/information technology/cyber programs across the Navy and Marine Corps and focus Department-wide IM/IT/cyber efforts on warfighter priorities. Overall leadership responsibility is vested in the CIO, supported by one Deputy CIO each for the Navy and Marine Corps, and a Principal Deputy ...
June 29, 2011
Vice Admiral Kendall L. Card was appointed to his current rank of Vice Admiral in June 2011 at the same time he assumed office as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6), the Department of the Navy Deputy Chief Information Officer (Navy), and the 64th Director of Naval Intelligence.
April 2, 2008
Be Enterprise, Be Effective, and Be Efficient
Secure, relevant, accessible information provided in an Effective and efficient manner throughout the Naval Enterprise.
Provide Effective/efficient, trusted and shared IM/IT/cyberspace and Information Resource Management (lRM) enterprise capabilities to support the DON, Marines, Sailors, and their mission partners conducting global military ...
July 24, 2009
Ms. Barbara Hoffman serves as the Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Department of the Navy. In this role, she manages and provides strategic guidance to DON CIO functional teams, including Enterprise Architecture, Naval Networks and Enterprise Services, Cybersecurity, Investment Management, Information and Knowledge Management, and Cyber/Information Technology Workforce.
November 22, 2010
Brigadier General Kevin J. Nally is the Director for Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4), and the Department of the Navy Deputy Chief Information Officer for the United States Marine Corps.
Brigadier General Kevin Nally was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 1981, after graduating from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy and Natural Resources. ...
August 8, 2012
The book "Power of Team: The Making of a CIO" shares the experiences and insights of the DON CIO as it constructed and implemented an agenda for the newly formed Office of the Chief Information Officer.