Department of Navy Chief Information Officer

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Aaron D. Weis, DON CIO

The COVID-19 Impact on Modernize, Innovate and Defend

by Aaron D. Weis - June 1, 2020

It was late February, just three months ago, that we were preparing for the DON IT Conference in San Diego. At the time there were some COVID-19 cases in a nursing home in the state of Washington and there were rumors of an isolated case near San Diego. At the conference, hand sanitizer stations were in place, so we hand sanitized a little more than usual, and some tried to minimize handshakes, but for the most part it was business as usual. However, while we were there, a follow-on West Coast business trip was cancelled, and we started hearing about cancellations of upcoming conferences in San Diego.


COVID-19/Telework Information

May 18, 2020

The DON CIO is closely monitoring the evolving Coronavirus situation. This area of the website provides COVID-19 and telework-related Information from the White House,, Centers for Disease Control, Department of Defense, DON Office of Civilian Human Resources, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. Information is updated as it becomes available.

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DON CIO Particpates in Virtual DoD CIO Town Hall

August 14, 2020

DON CIO Aaron Weis recently participated in a virtual DoD CIO Town Hall. During his presentation, he focused on driving the competitive advantage to build information superiority, and win the Naval fight.

DON IT Conference, East Coast 2020 Will be Virtual

August 14, 2020

The DON IT Conference, East Coast 2020 scheduled for Nov. 4-6 will be a virtual event. Further details on schedule and registration will be available in the upcoming weeks.

A Message to the DON Community from Christopher P. Cleary, DON Chief Information Security Officer

by Christopher P. Cleary - July 31, 2020

Now more than ever, during this time of mass telework, we need to be vigilant about protecting our data. Like sentries standing guard to prevent unauthorized access or watching for fires, everyone in the Department of the Navy enterprise must become a 'Cyber Sentry' and be 'Cyber Ready.' Fundamental to this is being on guard against any phishing attempts. The more advanced we become as an information-based organization, the more our adversaries will seek to attack and exploit us in this domain. We will not be able to stop them unless everyone does their part to protect the advantages digital information provides, and limit the vulnerabilities it creates.

What Progress has the Navy Made on IT Modernization? - Interview with Aaron Weis

by Andrew Eversden - June 1, 2020

In an interview with C4ISRNET, DON CIO Aaron Weis discussed the progress the sea service has made on its cybersecurity posture and IT environment since he became CIO, as well as new pilot programs and how the Navy is spending funds on information technology.

Navy Collaboration Tools Available

May 20, 2020

A graphic that illustrates telework capabilities that exist across the Navy for military and civilian personnel has been developed by OPNAV N2N6. This guide can be used to determine what collaboration tools are available and authorized for use for different categories of information. Users should be sure to understand the impact level of information they need to store and/or share to determine which capabilities are appropriate.

The guide and other information regarding how we work throughout the Department during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found in the COVID-19/Telework Information section of the website.

DON CIO Issues Guidance Accelerating 5G Broadband Deployment

May 14, 2020

Mr. Aaron Weis, Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, has signed a memorandum giving Navy and Marine Corps Installation Commanders (COs) the ability to accelerate 5G broadband deployment on DON property. COs now have the option of significantly reducing the time for broadband service activation by granting an interim authority to radiate (IATR) if an ongoing electromagnetic interference (EMI) analysis is delaying deployment.

Amplifying Guidance on Acceptable Use of Collaboration Tools Now Available

April 9, 2020

On April 1, the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer released the memo "Amplifying Guidance to the DON Acceptable Use Policy Regarding Collaboration Tools." This memo provides amplifying guidance on the acceptable use of DON IT; i.e., Government Furnished Equipment. The use of collaboration tools greatly enhances our warfighting and business process capabilities during the COVID-19 crisis; however, the use of unauthorized collaboration tools on DON IT could expose critical information or introduce vulnerabilities, and it remains the responsibility of the individual employee to properly protect and handle Controlled but Unclassified Information (CUI) at all times.

DON CIO Keynote Luncheon Speech at WEST Conference

March 12, 2020

DON CIO Aaron Weis was the Monday luncheon keynote speaker at the WEST conference held in San Diego March 2-3.

DON IT Conference Presentations Available

March 9, 2020

Presentations given during the DON IT conference sessions held in San Diego, CA, March 2-3, are available by request to government civilian, military personnel, and DoD support contractors. Please submit your request by using the "Contact Us" link located in the DON CIO Information section