Marine Corps gets new CIO in time for NMCI

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

Thomas will replace Brig. Gen. Robert Shea. Shea, the former CIO and director of C4, is now the deputy commander of U.S. Forces in Japan, according to Col. Robert G. Baker, chief in the Network Plans and Policy Division.

Thomas's appointment comes a year before the Corps will begin switching over to the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet, a $6.9 billion 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, earned a master's degree in business administration from Prairie View A&M University and another master's in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College.

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