Raytheon's Grimes emerges as Defense CIO candidate

A Raytheon vice president and retired Defense command and control deputy assistant secretary is rumored to be the next CIO for the Defense Department.

John G. Grimes, vice president of Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems of Washington, D.C., would replace Linton Wells, who has served as acting CIO and assistant secretary for networks and information integration since former CIO John Stenbit left last March.

Grimes formerly worked as deputy assistant secretary of Defense for counterintelligence/security countermeasures and also held the title of deputy assistant secretary for Defense-wide command, control and communications.

A spokeswoman at Raytheon declined to confirm the speculation.

'John Grimes is still employed by Raytheon Company,' was all the spokeswoman, Darcy K. Bushey, would say.

A Pentagon spokesman, however, said he had heard Grimes' name being floated as the next CIO but hadn't confirmed it was true.

Grimes is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has a master of science degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He is also a graduate of the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va., and Harvard University's National and International Security Policy Program.

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