Department of Navy Chief Information Officer

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Aaron Weis

It's an Exciting Time to be Part of the DON IT Community

by Aaron Weis - November 23, 2020

I am writing this column after having wrapped up our virtual 2020 East Coast DON IT Conference. The conference was originally scheduled to take place in Norfolk, Virginia, but as with many things we used to take for granted, we had to adapt to a new normal during this era of COVID-19.


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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Congratulations to the 2020 DON IM/IT Excellence Award Winners

November 10, 2020

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 DON IM/IT Excellence Awards! Seven of the awards were recently presented on November 4 during the virtual DON IT Conference, while the others were first presented at the West Coast DON IT Conference in March. All ten, however, were recognized during the virtual awards presentation. DON CIO appreciates all of those who submitted award nominations and congratulates the winners for their work in support of IT effectiveness, efficiency, and transformation for the Department of the Navy!

DON IT Conference Session Recordings Available

November 9, 2020

Usually held in the fleet concentration of Norfolk, Virginia, the Department of the Navy IT East Coast Conference was held November 4-5 via Microsoft CVR Teams due to pandemic requirements. The change in format, however, did not dampen the enthusiasm of presenters or participants. The online event hosted about 1,200 virtual attendees and proved an effective venue for DON IT leadership and subject matter experts to share the status of IT initiatives across the department and the ongoing transformational efforts to advance the DON Information Superiority Vision (ISV). The sessions were designed to support the ISV lines of effort: Modernize, Innovate and Defend the DON's information infrastructure.

Tom Sasala Joins FEDSpace Podcast to Discuss DON Data Management

by Marissa Wharton - November 16, 2020

This week on the FEDSpace Podcast, Tom Sasala, Chief Data Officer of the U.S. Department of the Navy, joins the show to talk about how the DON manages data to ensure that higher quality, more accessible information is available for decision-makers.

Aaron Weis Receives Wash100 Award for Driving IT, Cyber, Cloud Readiness

October 9, 2020

Aaron Weis, Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, was presented a Wash100 Award on Wednesday for leading the guiding principles of the service branch to drive DON's information technology and cyber readiness goals.

Department of Defense Awards Tranche 1 5G Prototypes

October 8, 2020

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Research and Engineering (OUSD (R&E)) announced the awards of the Tranche 1 5G prototypes, on October 8, to be hosted at Naval Base San Diego, California and at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia.

Electromagnetic Battle Space Governance Board Chartered by DON CIO

October 2, 2020

The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer has chartered the first Electromagnetic Battle Space Governance Board, responsible for oversight and guidance in developing and implementing DON Electromagnetic Battle Space strategy, policy, and doctrine. This Governance Board will ensure accountability, responsibility, and proper management of the Department's Electromagnetic Spectrum Enterprise requirements and functions. The establishment of this Governance Board is in accordance with SECNAVINST 2400.3, Electromagnetic Battle Space, October 8, 2018.

DON CIO Memo Provides DD Form 2875 Guidance

September 30, 2020

A recently released DON CIO memo provides guidance for the IT Level Designation area of DD Form 2875 – System Authorization Access Request (SAAR), and represents a coordinated effort between the offices of the DON CIO, the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy (DUSN), and the DON Deputy CIOs (Navy and Marine Corps).

New DON Policy Ensures Spectrum Data Consistency

September 30, 2020

DON CIO memo, "Spectrum Supportability Requirements for Spectrum-Dependent Equipment Certification" requires all DON equipment certification requests for stage 2, 3, and 4 spectrum-dependent systems to include a current Spectrum Supportability Risk Assessment (SSRA). Spectrum data must be consistent throughout the equipment certification and SSRA processes to ensure success in the Frequency Assignment and Host Nation Coordination phases. Developing an SSRA in preparation for equipment certification achieves this data consistency.

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. Nominations, due by Feb. 26, 2021, are now being accepted.