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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has named retired Air Force Col. Michael S. Francis to direct its new Joint Systems Management Office. He is set to take over the new office today.

Francis will lead the Defense Department's effort to develop and demonstrate a joint unmanned combat air system. His staff is made up of DARPA, Air Force and Navy personnel.

Francis was hired from Lockheed Martin Corp., where he worked as director of technical integration, corporate engineering and technology. He previously worked as a DARPA program manager and started the agency's Unmanned Tactical Aircraft program in 1994, which today is known as the Joint Unmanned Combat Air System program.

Francis developed DOD's first integrated air-space surveillance architecture at the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office and managed several space systems at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center and the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization.

John Crandell has moved to the IRS from his job as project manager for the Office of Personnel Management's E-Clearance initiative. Mark White, who is leading an Office of Management and Budget-sponsored effort to find areas where agencies can collaborate on human resources, has taken over as E-Clearance project manager on an interim basis. Norm Enger, OPM's e-government director, said OPM is deciding whether to name a new permanent project manager or fold the project into White's area.

Retired Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello, who stepped down in July as Army CIO and director of command, control, communications and computers, has joined Lockheed Martin's mission systems division as the vice president of information infrastructure.

Cuviello, who was replaced by Lt. Gen. Steven Boutelle as Army CIO, will focus on information management and integrated solutions for network-centric warfare at Lockheed Martin.

During his three-year stint at the helm of the Army's information programs and systems, Cuviello launched the Army Knowledge Online portal, an enterprisewide system that gives nearly 1.5 million users access to hundreds of Army pages and links.

Austin K. Yamada, who most recently was deputy assistant secretary of Defense for special operations and combating terrorism, has also joined Lockheed Martin. He will work in the company's homeland security division.

Yamada held a variety of posts during a 25-year career with DOD, including several key advisory roles and jobs with the former Defense Mapping Agency, now the National Imagery and Mapping Agency.

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