AF CIO Gilligan returning to private sector next month

John Gilligan

Henrik G. de Gyor

SALT LAKE CITY'Air Force CIO John Gilligan plans to return to the private sector once a new organizational structure for the CIO's office is in place. Gilligan, a panelist at a session at last week's 17th annual Systems and Software Technology Conference here, spoke with GCN afterward about his plans.

'We're going to stand up the new organization May 10,' Gilligan said. 'At that point, I will transition out of government.'

He said he has not made any decisions about where to go, but several issues he has worked on at the Air Force continue to interest him: security, protecting data integrity, how to make a data architecture accessible to warfighters, and systems and process modernization.

Then-secretary of the Air Force James Roche announced in December the plan to merge the service's CIO, warfighting integration and communications operations into a single directorate. Gilligan was put in charge of consolidating the three groups, but the leader of the new organization will be a three-star general, with a career Senior Executive Service official as deputy.

Acting secretary Michael Dominguez has not yet named a candidate for the position, who will need Senate approval.

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