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.

Featured News

First of its Kind “Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Support Tools” Webpage Provides Comprehensive Product Listing in One Place

December 17, 2020

To provide a comprehensive listing of available spectrum analysis and simulation tools in one location and reduce duplication of effort in software development, the Department of Navy Chief Information Officer Spectrum Team has compiled a comprehensive listing of products available across the Department of Defense. The "Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Support Tools" webpage listing includes capabilities, features, and points of contact, providing DoD spectrum workforce end-users with information regarding a wide range of Electromagnetic Spectrum (EMS) tools available to them. The tools listed can assist in effective EMS analysis and decision making, Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) mitigation modeling, Aggregate Interference (AI) modeling, and RF risk management.

DON Announces Strategic Intent for Naval IT Infrastructure Portfolio Review

December 14, 2020

The Department of the Navy has released a memo that states a Naval IT Infrastructure Portfolio Review will be conducted to better understand the DON's IT infrastructure inventory, bring greater corporate accountability and transparency to the execution of the over $4B annual budget, and implement a key recommendation identified in the 2018 Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Cybersecurity Readiness Review - identify key cyber terrain. The purpose of the review is to identify potential courses of action to improve the value produced by the substantial annual IT spend in order to reinvest in IT priorities and return funds to the broader DON. The results of this review will inform decisions on the future Naval IT service delivery model and prioritization of effort to attain it.

Chris Cleary Named Department of the Navy Principal Cyber Advisor

December 9, 2020

Department of the Navy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Mr. Chris Cleary, has been selected as the DON Principal Cyber Advisor (PCA).

Updated DON Cloud Policy Memo Released

December 9, 2020

The Department of the Navy Cloud Policy memo of December 07, 2020, co-signed by ASN RD&A and DON CIO, provides updated policy for the accelerated promotion, acquisition, and consumption of cloud services in the DON. The DON's Cloud Policy directly supports the DON Information Superiority Vision of February 14, 2020, and the Department of Defense CIO's "Interim Guidance for Implementation of Department of Defense Cloud Strategy" memo of April 16, 2020.

Memo to Accelerate Modernization and Transformation of DON IT Capabilities Signed by Under Secretary

December 8, 2020

Mr. Gregory J. Slavonic, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary of the Navy, recently signed a memo with the objective to accelerate the modernization and transformation of DON IT capabilities by ensuring that decisions made to sunset or rationalize unneeded, obsolete, unproductive, insecure, and un-auditable IT systems and applications are realized.

DON Issues Memo Updating Commercial Broadband Deployment Process on Navy and Marine Corps Properties

December 4, 2020

The Department of the Navy has issued the memorandum "Updated Streamlined Process for Commercial Broadband Deployment." This memorandum expands the existing process for the deployment of commercial broadband infrastructure on Navy and Marine Corps property to also include Small Cells and Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS).

Congratulations to 2020 FedScoop 50 Award Winners Mr. Aaron Weis and Mr. Chris Cleary

December 1, 2020

Each year the FedScoop publication recognizes federal and industry information technology leaders who make the government more efficient and effective in a variety of ways. This year's FedScoop 50 Awards celebrate the tireless leaders who have made a lasting impact on the community and the nation in 2020, particularly in regard to how they used technology to mitigate and overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DON IT Excellence Awards Nominations Deadline Extended; Next DON IT Conference to be held in May 2021

December 1, 2020

Nominations for the 2021 DON IT Excellence awards are now due February 26, 2021 and the awards will be presented at the East Coast DON IT Conference in May 2021. DON CIO will not be holding a West Coast DON IT Conference in 2021.