Navy CIO will become deputy Defense CIO

Wennergren said job is 'chance to put into action my words'

Dave Wennergren

Dave Wennergren, Navy CIO, said he was not looking for another job. After all, he has worked in some capacity for the Navy most of his adult life.

But when John Grimes, Defense CIO, asked Wennergren to become his new deputy, the civilian decided it was time to turn in his Navy blue for joint purple.

On Nov. 26, Wennergren officially becomes deputy Defense CIO and deputy assistant secretary for information management and IT. He will replace Priscilla Guthrie, who became principal deputy CIO in May, but has worked in the office since 2001. Guthrie is a political appointee, but Wennergren will remain a career employee, he said.

Wennergren has been Navy CIO for four years and deputy CIO the previous four years. He said he does not yet know who will replace him. His deputy, Rob Carey, is deployed in Iraq; the acting deputy is John Lussier.

Guthrie said she is mulling over her options both inside DOD and with industry. But Grimes predicted that future employers would be beating down her door. 'She is the best of the best and will have no problem finding an exceptional position in the private sector or in government,' Grimes said.

Wennergren, who is the CIO Council's vice chairman, said he's excited about the opportunity. 'This is a chance for me to put into action my words,' Wennergren said.

'I've been saying change is often about giving up personal control. A lot of net-centricity is thinking about the organization as an enterprise and using products or services as part of an enterprise solution.'

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