Ms. Essye B. Miller, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, was appointed by the Deputy Secretary of Defense as the Acting Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO) effective December 8, 2017. In this role, Ms. Miller is the primary advisor to the Secretary of Defense for matters of information management, information technology, and information assurance, as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications.
In her regular role within the department, Ms. Miller holds the position as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for Cybersecurity and the Department’s Senior Information Security Officer (SISO). As the DCIO for Cybersecurity, Ms. Miller is responsible for ensuring that the DoD CIO has a well-defined and well-executed cybersecurity program. She is also responsible for coordinating cybersecurity standards, policies, and procedures with other federal agencies, coalition partners, and industry. She retains some statutorily assigned responsibilities as SISO.
Prior to joining the DoD CIO, Ms. Miller was the Director of Cybersecurity for the Army CIO/G-6. She was also the Army's Senior Information Assurance Officer, and therefore was responsible for the development, implementation, execution, and oversight of the Army's Cybersecurity Program.
From November 2010 until August 2014, Ms. Miller served as the Director of Information Management and the CIO for Headquarters Air Force, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force in Washington, D.C.
Previously Ms. Miller served in various leadership positions throughout the Air Force, including with the following units or offices: Air Force Communication and Information Center; Air Force Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Office at the Pentagon; Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base; the 75th Communications and Information Directorate; and Deputy CIO at Hill Air Force Base in Ogdon, Utah.
Ms. Miller earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Talladega College, a Master of Business Administration Degree from Troy State University and a Master of Strategic Studies from Air University in Montgomery, Alabama. Ms. Miller is a 2016 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in National and International Security Studies. Additionally, Ms. Miller is Acquisition Level III certified in Information Technology.
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