Energy CIO John Gilligan returns to Air Force

Energy CIO John Gilligan returns to Air Force

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

SEPT. 6'Energy chief information officer John M. Gilligan is leaving the department for a high-level job with the Air Force.

On Sept. 17, Gilligan will take over as the Air Force's first principal deputy assistant secretary for business and information management, Lt. Col. Art Haubold, an Air Force spokesman, said Wednesday. In military terms, the position is equivalent to that of a three-star general.

In the new position, Gilligan will report to Lawrence J. Delaney, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, who is responsible for all Air Force research, development and acquisition activities. Delaney also doubles as the service's CIO.

Before moving to Energy in 1998, Gilligan was the Air Force program executive officer for battle management at the Pentagon. He spent more than 17 years with the Air Force, including working as deputy chief of staff of command, control, communications and computers.

Gilligan joined Energy just before the department fell under scrutiny for years of poor security regarding systems housing the nation's nuclear secrets. After the indictment of Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Wen Ho Lee on 59 felony counts in connection with alleged security violations [www.gcn.com/vol19_no1/news/1133-1.html] and a scathing report from the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Gilligan helped formulate plans to strengthen cybersecurity within the department.

But some plans were not successful because the management structure at Energy left Gilligan able only to suggest change without the power to enforce initiatives [www.gcn.com/vol19_no16/news/2267-1.html].

Gilligan serves on the CIO Council and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Senior Executive Service Bonus Award and the SES Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award.

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