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Department of the Navy INFO Alert
New DON CIO Selected to Replace Dave Wennergren
By CHIPS Magazine - January-March 2007
The Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter, has selected Mr. Robert J. Carey to serve as the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO). Mr. Carey will replace Mr. David M. Wennergren, who has taken a position as deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for information management and technology and Department of Defense deputy CIO.

Mr. Carey joined DON CIO in 2000, and in December 2002 was promoted to DON deputy CIO for policy and integration. As deputy CIO, he served as the principal adviser to the CIO and was responsible for managing and leading the DON CIO staff and developing strategies for achieving information management (IM) and information technology (IT) enterprise integration across the Department of the Navy. He has been a driving force for change, championing several successful initiatives including the creation of a single common access card for the Department of Defense. At the present time, Mr. Carey is on active duty deployed in Iraq.

Mr. Carey's appointment was based on his years of leadership and management experience throughout the DON engineering, acquisition and IM/IT communities, coupled with his superb team building and interpersonal skills, and persistence in building strong ties among the Secretariat, the fleet and resource sponsors.

Mr. John J. Lussier, who was serving as acting DON deputy CIO in Mr. Carey's absence, will serve as acting DON CIO until Mr. Carey's return in early 2007.

Mr. Lussier was the director of operations with responsibility for all personnel, budgetary, financial and contractual management for the DON CIO. Additionally, he was dual-hatted as the telecommunications, spectrum and wireless team leader, responsible for policy formulation and strategic planning for Department-wide telecommunications, spectrum and wireless initiatives.

For more information about the work of the DON CIO, go to the DON CIO Web site at

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