Army and its Reserve agree to merge CIO shops

Army and Army Reserve systems brass met this morning to sign a memorandum that calls for integrating the Reserve's CIO staff into the Army CIO organization.

The move'prompted by the service's effort to better align its IT operations'supports the mandate of the Army secretary and chief of staff to 'implement the integration of Army Reserve and active Guard-Reserve soldiers into key leadership positions,' according to the memorandum of agreement.

The Army CIO sets systems strategy and oversees the service's command, control, communications and computers and IT programs. Previously, the Reserve had its own separate CIO organization.

'The signing of this agreement is a significant milestone in the process of the Army's integration,' said Daniel F. Wiener, chief of the Army Reserve Information Office. 'With this merger, the Army Reserve demonstrates its commitment to both the transformation of the Army and to a common single Army enterprise.'

The merging of the programs will lead to significant efficiencies in technical, operational and human resources, Wiener said. 'It passes the common-sense test with flying colors.'

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