Osterholz to retire from DOD

John Osterholz, the Defense Department's director of architectures and operability, has announced he will retire in early March, Defense officials said.

Known for his initiatives to fuse information and for spearheading the Quantum Leap experiment last summer, Osterholz has spent nearly 35 years in the federal government, both in and out of uniform, according to Ken McClellan, Pentagon spokesman.

A Defense source said Osterholz has accepted a position with BAE Systems North America of Rockville, Md., but Osterholz couldn't be reached for comment. McClellan said he had no knowledge of Osterholz's plans after retirement.

Recently, Osterholz decided to merge the DOD's business modernization system with the overarching Global Information Grid.

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