Army legend Borland to retire

Army legend Dave Borland to retire

David Borland, the Army's deputy CIO, will retire at the end of November to start an IT consultancy.

Borland, who has worked in Army IT and electronics for more than 31 years, said he felt it was time to let younger Army civilians take the service to the next level of transformation.

'There's a whole bunch of bright people in the government and in the Army,' Borland said. 'The Army is built on the premise that at the senior level, you get out of the way and let the junior guys take over'so it was time for me to move on.'

He said his biggest efforts as Army deputy CIO were to increase 'the capability and robustness of our infrastructure' and to boost military bandwidth.

Earlier this year, Borland and other top Army officials released a series of four memos redefining the service's IT infrastructure.

One of the memos established Army Knowledge Online as an enterprise portal for knowledge management. Another set an Oct. 1 deadline for reducing the number of servers and applications. A third memo outlined migration plans for all Army personnel systems to move to the Defense Integrated Military Human Resource System by October 2004. The final memo set priorities for achieving end-to-end logistics.

The award-winning AKO portal now has 1.47 million registered users, he said.

Borland was vice director of information systems for command, control, communications and computers from 1994 until 1996, when he was appointed deputy CIO. He served in the Air Force from 1966 to 1970. He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Central Missouri State University and a master's in finance from George Washington University.

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