Stenbit's stepped down as Defense CIO

Stenbit's stepped down as Defense CIO

John Stenbit has officially retired from his Defense Department CIO post, the Pentagon's top IT job.

Stenbit, assistant secretary for networks and information integration, left his job earlier this month and will pursue work on corporate boards as well as pro bono work for the National Security Agency Advisory Board, said Lt. Col. Ken McClellan, a Defense spokesman.

The White House has already identified Stenbit's successor. Francis Harvey is awaiting confirmation by the Senate.

President Bush last year nominated Harvey, vice chairman of Duratek Inc. of Columbia, Md., to replace Stenbit as CIO. The Senate Armed Services Committee questioned him in January and sent the nomination to floor for a full vote.

Until Harvey is confirmed, Linton Wells II, Stenbit's principal deputy assistant secretary, will be acting CIO.

Stenbit became CIO in August 2001. His career spans more than 30 years in government and industry jobs related to telecommunications and command and control.

Harvey previously was chief operating officer of Westinghouse Electric Co.'s industries and technology group. He also was president of Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Westinghouse electronic systems group.

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