Department of Navy Chief Information Officer

From the CIO
Aaron Weis

Special Assistant to SECNAV for IM and DON CIO Shares Guiding Principles

by Aaron Weis - October 23, 2019

It is my pleasure to greet you as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy for Information Management and Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer. While the DON CIO position is one that you're familiar with, the Special Assistant role was created to ensure the highest level of visibility and support for the position.

Privacy Tip

Fight Back Against Illegal Robocalls

by Suzette Thompson, DON CIO Privacy Team - October 23, 2019

Whether on a ship or shore, as a Department of the Navy active duty member or civilian, you are not immune from receiving unwanted and/or unsolicited phone calls or texts. The intent of many of these texts and phone calls is to obtain your personally identifiable information (PII).

CHIPS Magazine

Featured Articles: Oct - Dec 2019

October 23, 2019

The Electromagnetic "Canary in the Coal Mine"?
Thomas Kidd

Newly Restructured DON CIO Provides Organizational Unity for IT and Cybersecurity
Sharon Anderson, CHIPS senior editor

A Collaborative Environment to Achieve Spectrum Sharing
Guenever Aldrich, PE; DON Spectrum Reallocation Lead and Tomasz Wojtaszek, Deputy Spectrum Reallocation Lead

Governance, Risk and Compliance – IT Security Controls
Amira Tann, Internal Controls Team (ASN FMC FMP-10)

View the current CHIPS issue.

Featured News

DON IT Conference Schedule Now Available

January 17, 2020

The DON IT Conference, West Coast 2020 schedule is now available. The conference will be held March 2-3, 2020, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. No conference fee will be assessed, but registration is required.

SECNAV Instruction Ensures Effective DON Engagement for Global Spectrum Access

December 10, 2019

On Dec. 5, 2019, Under Secretary of the Navy Thomas B. Modly signed SECNAV Instruction 5710.33, "Compliance with International Telecommunication Union Radio Regulations." This instruction establishes guidance regarding Department of the Navy compliance with the International Telecommunication Union Radio Regulations (ITU RR), an international treaty governing the global use of the radio-frequency spectrum. Specifically, this instruction clarifies DON roles and responsibilities concerning compliance with ITU RR and participation in ITU activities for the following organizations: the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), DON Chief Information Officer, Chief of Naval Operations, Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Navy and Marine Corps Spectrum Center.

DON IM/IT Excellence Awards Nominations Deadline Extended to Dec. 13

December 5, 2019

The DON IM/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 almost two decades, DON CIO has been presenting awards that recognize individual and team IM/IT contributions. Starting in 2000 as the “eGov Awards,” they were renamed in 2005 to the “DON IM/IT Excellence Awards.” Along the way, additional award categories were added, all under the umbrella of the DON IM/IT Excellence Awards. Nominations for the 2020 awards are due Dec. 13, 2019.

Registration Now Open for the Navy-Marine Corps Spectrum Summit West 2020

December 2, 2019

The Navy-Marine Corps Spectrum Summit has been approved for Feb. 11-13, 2020, at the Admiral Kidd Catering & Conference Center, in San Diego, Ca. No conference fee will be assessed, but registration is required.

Registration and additional details are now available.

2020 USN-USMC Electromagnetic Spectrum Workforce Excellence Awards Nominations Due Date Extended to Dec. 17

November 14, 2019

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. The deadline for nominations has been extended to Dec. 17.

NOTE: If you have submitted a nomination but it has not been acknowledged, please resubmit to Any questions can be directed to that email address or to 703-695-1900.

Updated DON Information Technology Incident Policy Released

September 19, 2019

The Department of the Navy computer/network incident instruction has been updated. The purpose of the instruction is to document policy for the handling of computer incidents and to ensure that policy is in alignment across the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense.

Registration Now Open for 2020 DON IT Conferences

September 16, 2019

Registration is now open for the 2020 DON IT Conferences. The DON IT Conference, West Coast has been approved for March 2-3, 2020, at the San Diego Convention Center, and the DON IT Conference, East Coast has been approved for May 11-13, 2020 at the Hilton Norfolk The Main. The conferences are held in fleet concentration areas on the West and East Coasts each year to minimize cross-country travel by participants. The information presented at the East and West Coast conferences is virtually the same, and both conference venues are conducive to learning and collaboration and have been well-received by participants. Therefore, if possible, please register for the conference closest to your duty station.