Cooper says he's seen hot issues go mainstream

Cooper says he's seen hot issues go mainstream

Milton E. Cooper, Post Newsweek Tech Media's industry executive of the last 20 years

As an IT industry veteran of nearly four decades, Milton E. Cooper has seen controversial topics turn into best practices. Cooper, who stepped down as federal-sector president of Computer Sciences Corp. in February 2001, was honored this week as Post Newsweek Tech Media's industry executive of the last 20 years.

Cooper said GCN began publication just after he and his family moved to the Washington area in 1982. He was then president and general manager of the Raytheon Co. Data Systems Group's Southeast field operations.

In a GCN interview a decade ago, Cooper spoke of the government's need for "best-value procurement" mixing technical with cost considerations. The best-value concept was radical then but now is business as usual, he said. Also over the past decade, systems integration has gone from being a hot issue to common practice. "Now everyone is well aware of standards and interoperability," he said.

Cooper said he hoped he could come back in 20 years and hear how the journey has continued 'to the most effective government we can get through technology."

Cooper graduated in 1960 from the U.S. Military Academy and served three years with the 82nd Airborne Division. "He would have been successful no matter where he went," said retired Lt. Gen. Emmett Paige Jr., another honoree.

Cooper's industry career spanned nearly four decades. He worked for IBM Corp., Telex Corp. and Raytheon before joining CSC's federal organization in 1984 as vice president for business development. Post Newsweek Tech Media and GCN also named him the 1999 industry executive of the year.

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