Air Force set to merge CIO, comm and warfighting units

Air Force CIO John Gilligan

Henrik G. de Gyor

Air Force secretary James Roche has asked CIO John Gilligan to work himself out of a job.

The Air Force plans to do away with its CIO Office by combining the service's CIO, warfighting integration and communications operations into a single directorate.

Roche announced the plan last week at an Air Force IT Day in McLean, Va., held by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

Gilligan told GCN that in the short term he will be responsible for combining the three organizations into the new Networks

and Warfighting Integration-CIO Directorate.

The transition will take 'a small number of months,' Gilligan said, adding that he has no plans yet for what he will do following the consolidation.

The service will name a three-star general as director of the new group and a career Senior Executive Service official as deputy.

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