Department of Defense

June 6, 2017
By Breann Pendleton
haron Jones, director of DISA’s Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), received the 2016 Tracey L. Pinson Small Business Professional of the Year Award in recognition of her commitment to the DOD’s small business mission.

Sharon Jones met her hero. It was in 1999, when she interviewed for a job at the Defense Information Systems Agency. Fast-forward 18 years, and Jones recently was honored with an award named for the very woman who, years earlier, inspired her.

This year Jones, now director of the DISA’s Office of Small Business Programs, received the Tracey L. Pinson Small Business Professional of the Year Vanguard Award in recognition of her commitment to the Defense Department’s small business mission—an award she was not even aware of receiving until two weeks before the April ceremony.

“Tracey helped me understand why it’s important to support small business programs,” Jones says.

June 15, 2017
By Sandra Jontz
John Zangardi, acting DOD CIO, closes out AFCEA's Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium.

The swiftly changing cyber domain demands a dynamic and dedicated partnership between the U.S. Defense Department and industry—a critical relationship for the development of both technologies and the work force needed to help the United States maintain a superior edge over adversaries, said John Zangardi, the department's acting chief information officer.

March 7, 2017

Essye Miller will replace Richard Hale as the U.S. Defense Department’s deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity, based in Washington, D.C.

July 29, 2015
By Bob Kimball

The Department of Defense (DOD) plans to leverage open source solutions and services to meet mission requirements, no matter where the tactical edge lies. Providing connectivity that enables high-performance, assured networking is critical, and is why defense and civilian agencies closely examine software-defined networking (SDN) as a solution. 

SDN quickly is becoming the preferred method for organizations to achieve greater network situational awareness, a centralized point of control and the ability to roll out new applications and services—all while lowering operational costs.

Rebecca Bill Chavez has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service as deputy assistant secretary of defense for policy (Western hemisphere affairs), Washington, D.C. 

Amy Searight has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service as principal director for East Asia, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.

Alan F. Estevez has been assigned as principal deputy undersecretary of defense (acquisition, technology and logistics), Washington, D.C.

Stephen W. Preston has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service as Department of Defense general counsel, Washington, D.C.

Marcel Lettre has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service as principal deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Washington, D.C.

April 23, 2012

The U.S. Defense Department has revamped its Telework Program for the civilian work force. Leaders at each Defense Department component now are required to promote telework within their organizations and to take all possible steps to overcome artificial barriers to program implementation. In addition, they must authorize telework for the maximum number of positions without compromising mission readiness and integrate telework into continuity-of-operations activities. These alterations to the former telework policy evolved out of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010.

February 23, 2011
By George Seffers

U.S. government agencies continue to expand their biometric identity management capabilities and their ability to share biometrics data among the various agencies and international partners, according to government officials speaking at AFCEA's Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C.