DOD's Osterholz set to begin industry C4SIR post

John Osterholz, former systems architect for the Defense Department, will begin work in industry tomorrow, following 35 years of federal service.

BAE Systems North America has hired Osterholz to fill the newly created position of vice president of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Osterholz will be responsible for defining and implementing joint strategic initiatives within the Rockville, Md., company's information systems sector and its information and electronic systems integration sector.

As director of architectures and interoperability in the Defense CIO's office, Osterholz was responsible for the development, oversight and integration of the department's C4ISR programs.

Osterholz previously worked as director of the C4ISR Integration Support Activity, deputy director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and assistant director of the White House Military Office. The former Army officer also spent time in special operations, reconnaissance and intelligence.

DOD has not named Osterholz's replacement.

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