Department of Navy Chief Information Officer

From the CIO
Aaron D. Weis

Modernize, Innovate, and Defend Enabled by DON Data and Workforce

by Aaron D. Weis - August 17, 2020

In my last message I discussed how the DON rapidly met the challenge of supporting a record number of teleworkers due to COVID-19. Mass telework was unexplored territory; the full complement of the DON workforce had never teleworked at the same time for an extended period of time. As CIO, I had to shift focus to ensure the infrastructure upgrades and collaboration tools were in place to allow Department personnel to productively telework.


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.

Featured News

Call for Nominations: 2021 DON IT Excellence Awards

September 16, 2020

The DON IT Excellence Awards program is the most prestigious and longest running award program that recognizes excellence in Information Management (IM) and Information Technology (IT) in the Department of the Navy. For two decades, the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO) has been presenting awards that recognize individual and team contributions. Starting in 2000 as the "eGov Awards," they were renamed in 2005 to the "DON IM/IT Excellence Awards." The 2021 award name has been shortened to the "DON IT Excellence Awards" and the categories have been refined to align with the DON Information Superiority Vision. Nominations for the 2021 awards are due 4 December 2020.

Call For Nominations: 2021 USN-USMC Electromagnetic Spectrum Workforce Excellence Awards

September 9, 2020

The USN-USMC Electromagnetic Spectrum Workforce Excellence Awards program recognizes the efforts of individuals and teams within the USN-USMC spectrum communities for exceptional achievement in spectrum supportability.

DON CIO Participates 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 to be Held Virtually

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.