DISA's Meyerriecks to depart

The Defense Information Systems Agency's lead technologist has announced she will be leaving at the end of the month.

Dawn Meyerriecks, who has worked as chief technology officer for DISA since 1999 and is widely regarded across government as an expert on network warfare and command and control, will venture into the private sector, according to a DISA spokeswoman.

Meyerriecks joined DISA in 1995, where she was in charge of defining a common operating environment for DOD command and control systems. She previously worked as chief architect for the Army's Global Command and Control Office.

As recently as April, Meyerriecks discussed a major initiative within the Defense Department to replace the Global Command and Control System beginning in 2006. In place of the department's main joint battlefield C2 system, DISA will deploy a new set of applications known as the Joint Command and Control system. JC2, the new system, will use Web services and mesh with DOD's demand for network-centric warfare capabilities, she said.

Meyerriecks has also been heavily involved in the DOD's Net-Centric Enterprise Services initiative, the Teleport program and spectrum allocation. NCES is part of the larger GIG Enterprise Services initiative.

The Teleport program lets DOD buy bandwidth from commercial satellite networks to ease the burden on oversubscribed military systems, expanding on the Standardized Tactical Entry Point program.

With spectrum allocation, Meyerriecks helped lead the fight in the DOD to retain a prime band of radio frequency the department had used for decades to run more than 100 of its electronic systems.

It was unclear what private sector company Meyerriecks would be joining.

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