Raduege named director of DISA

Raduege named director of DISA

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

APRIL 6—Air Force Maj. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr. will become the Defense Information Systems Agency's new director, according to a Pentagon announcement made today.

Raduege, the command and control systems director for North American Aerospace Defense and the Space Command, is also the communications and information director for the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. He succeeds Army Lt. Col. David Kelley, who is retiring in June. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has also nominated Raduege to become a lieutenant general, according to the announcement.

As he begins work, Raduege will have to deal with the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet procurement, which is scheduled for award in early June. Pending approval from Arthur L. Money, DOD's chief information officer, the Navy could select a vendor that will propose its own long-haul network to carry departmental voice, video and data traffic. Such a move would be a blow to the DISA-managed Defense Information Systems Network.

Among the high-profile programs Raduege will inherit are the Defense Message System, Global Combat Support System, and the Global Command and Control System. He will manage DISA's work with the Joint Electronic Commerce Program Office, which is becoming more tightly integrated with the Defense Logistics Agency's CIO office.

Another highly visible DISA program is the Defense Information Infrastructure's Common Operating Environment, designed to ensure that DOD agencies use interoperable software. Some vendors have questioned the future role of the DII-COE in light of the Global Information Grid, a set of standards that will be issued by the military services' senior information executives. That group meets monthly under the auspices of the DOD Executive Council.

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