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CHIPS Articles: Dept of Navy Announces New Chief Info Officer

Dept of Navy Announces New Chief Info Officer
By Office of the Navy Chief of Information - July-September 2019
WASHINGTON (NNS) (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy (DON) announces Aaron Weis as the department’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). The addition of Weis as the new CIO is based on recommendations from the Secretary of the Navy Cybersecurity Readiness Review (CRR) and is in full coordination with Department of the Defense (DoD) Chief Information Officer.

As the DON CIO, Weis will serve as the Principal Staff Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy on information technology management, digital, data and cyber strategy.

“Digital information has become the center of all we do to defend the nation, said Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer. “The strategic use of data and information resources represents a critical enabler of lethality and readiness. Managing and protecting our data is crucial as we confront the renewal of great power competition."

The DON CIO will be supported by two deputies, a flag officer from the Navy and one from the Marine Corps; both will be dual-hatted, (i.e., they will retain their current responsibilities).

This position will not confuse the existing command and control construct of the Navy’s 40 existing cyber mission force teams tasked to support U.S. Cyber Command.

“This new DON CIO team will not only integrate key Navy and Marine Corps Information Technology initiatives to support our warfighters, but also will also provide an opportunity to strengthen information technology (IT) talent across the naval services," said Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly. "They will be responsible to the SECNAV to ensure that naval IT spending is directed to the highest value opportunity areas as established in the National Defense Strategy.”

The establishment of a fully empowered DON CIO will also influence resources and set standards with four new directorates: a Chief Technology Officer, Chief Data Officer, Chief Digital Innovation Officer, and a Chief Information Security Officer.

The roles and responsibilities of the four directorates under the DON CIO:

- Chief Technology Officer: responsible for establishment and enforcement of technical architecture standards and policies.

- Chief Data Officer: responsible for data and information across the DON.

- Chief Digital Information Officer: responsible for the adaptation, prioritization of investment, and incorporation of emerging information management related technologies into the DON.

- Chief Information Security Officer: responsible for maintaining the security of DON Data and information regardless of where it resides.

The new organization is not anticipated to increase the overall size of the headquarters beyond the limits imposed by current or anticipated Major Headquarters Activities restrictions. In addition, billets for the organization already exist across the DON.

The under secretary of the Navy will be responsible for standing up and providing oversight of this critical function within the Secretariat and will relinquish his current role as DON CIO.

Weis comes to the DON from the DoD CIO office as the former senior advisor. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois.

For more information, on the call to action for the DON’s new CIO, click the 2019 Navy Cyber Security Readiness Review:

WASHINGTON (Sept. 26, 2019) Aaron Weis is selected as the Department of the Navy chief information officer. Weis will serve as the principal staff assistant to the Secretary of the Navy on information technology management, digital, data and cyber strategy. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
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