Espiritu to lead DISA's Net-Centric Enterprise Services program

The Defense Information Systems Agency has hired a retired Naval officer to head its Net-Centric Enterprise Services program.

Rita Espiritu, who has more than 25 years of experience in IT program and acquisition management, is the new program manager for NCES, one of five pillar programs of the Defense Department's transformation efforts.

NCES will cover nine core services: applications, collaboration, discovery, enterprise service management, mediation, messaging, security, storage and user assistance.

In a news release, Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege, director of DISA, said Espiritu's appointment marks a major step in the evolution of NCES and reflects the importance with which DISA views the program.

Before joining DISA, Espiritu was division manager for Science Applications International Corp. of McLean, Va. In that position, she managed multimillion-dollar contracts serving the Navy, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Interior and Agriculture departments.

She has master's degrees in personnel management and information systems management, and a Level III certification in program management.

Alfred Schenck, who was serving as acting program manager, will continue as the deputy program manager for NCES.

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