Mihelcic takes over as DISA's new CTO

David M. Mihelcic, former chief engineer for the Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion program, has been named chief technology officer for the Defense Information Systems Agency.

He replaces Dawn Meyerriecks, who left DISA in July to accept a position with America Online Inc.

Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., director of DISA and commander of Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations, said Mihelcic brings a wealth of engineering and architectural experience with him to the CTO post.

'He has proven himself to be an innovative, technically savvy thinker who has sought evolutionary solutions to information technology challenges,' Raduege said today. 'He understands and is a strong advocate of the DOD transformational goals that challenge us to leverage information technology to connect troops with critical operations information and improve and protect information networks.'

While at the GIG-BE Program Office, Mihelcic is credited with defining the GIG-BE architecture and networking technologies that form the infrastructure's foundation. Last month, GIG-BE reached initial operating capability at six sites. He also challenged vendors to develop more flexible and secure products that provide bandwidth on demand to warfighters.

Mihelcic has also served as chief executive engineer for network services, chief of the Center for Defense Information System Network Evolution and primary technical advisor to the principal director for Network Services.

In his new job, Mihelcic will be responsible for defining DISA's overarching technical strategy for synchronizing programs and services with the Defense Department's net-centric transformation.

'DISA's contributions to the warfighters through the GIG-BE and NCES programs will allow the DOD to make the transformational changes and innovations necessary to meet the threat environment of tomorrow," Mihelcic said.


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