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DoD CIO Dana Deasy to Oversee Department-Wide ‘Cloud Initiative’

Dana Deasy

Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Defense Department, has been assigned to manage an enterprise cloud computing initiative as part of a larger push to modernize information technology systems at the Pentagon.

He will lead the consolidation of disparate networks, data centers and cloud platforms in an effort to maintain the reliability and security of DoD’s digital infrastructure, the department said Monday.

Deasy — who assumed the CIO position in May — is the primary adviser to the defense secretary on IT, information management and assurance, non-intelligence space systems, satellite communications, navigation, timing, spectrum and telecommunications matters.

The announcement of his additional responsibility came nine months after DoD formed the Cloud Executive Steering Group to create and implement a strategy for the department to accelerate its adoption of commercial cloud architectures and services.

Ellen Lord, Pentagon’s top acquisition official, was initially in charge of CESG. Jay Gibson, chief management officer, replaced Lord as head of the group early in January.

The department intends to build a cloud platform, dubbed Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, through a single-award contracting method.

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