Air Force will merge CIO, warfighting and comm units

Air Force will merge CIO, warfighting and comm units

Air Force secretary James Roche has asked CIO John Gilligan to work himself out of a job.

The Air Force plans to do away with its CIO Office through a reorganization that will combine the service's CIO, warfighting integration and communications operations in a single directorate. Roche announced the job shuffle today at an Air Force IT Day in McLean, Va., held by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

Gilligan told GCN that in the short term he will be responsible for combining the three organizations into the new Networks and Warfighting Integration-CIO Directorate.

'The timing is right,' he said. 'When the three separate offices were established 2 1/2 years ago, we didn't have a CIO.'

The transition will take 'a small number of months,' Gilligan said.

In a Dec. 2 memo to service chiefs, Roche said, 'The Air Force has long recognized the growing dependence of warfighters and decision-makers on information generated and shared across worldwide networks. Successful provision of warfighting integration requires an enterprise approach.'

Roche and Gen. John Jumper, chief of staff, have asked Gen. T. Michael Moseley, vice chief of staff, and William Davidson, an administrative assistant who served as the senior career civilian adviser on the reorganization, to develop a plan by Jan. 1 to achieve the consolidation.

The service will name a three-star general as director of the new group and a career Senior Executive Service official as deputy.

Gilligan said he has no plans yet for what he will do following the consolidation.

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