Marines name Gen. Thomas CIO

Marines name Gen. Thomas CIO

Brig. Gen. John Thomas, the former Marine Corps deputy director for command, control, communications and computers, has been named the service's CIO.

Among the major IT systems that Thomas will oversee are the Marine Corps Tactical Network and the Marine Air Command and Control System. The tactical network collects information from many systems, including satellites, and pulls the data into a single network, providing Marine commanders with a digital picture of the battlefield.

His appointment comes a year before the Marine Corps will begin switching over to the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet, a $6.9 billion outsourcing program that will combine all Navy and Marine Corps systems into a single voice, video and data network managed by contractor Electronic Data Systems Corp.

Thomas, a graduate of Appalachian State University, will replace Brig. Gen. Robert Shea. Thomas earned a master's degree in business administration from Prairie View A&M University and a master's in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

Shea, the former CIO and director of C4 in the Marine Corps, has accepted a job as the deputy commander of U.S. Forces in Japan, according to Col. Robert G. Baker, chief of the Network Plans and Policy Division.

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