Grimes on deck to be Defense CIO

President Bush today nominated a Raytheon vice president and retired Defense leader to be the Defense Department's next chief information officer.

If confirmed by the Senate, John G. Grimes, vice president of Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems in Washington, will replace Linton Wells, who has served as acting CIO and assistant secretary for networks and information integration since former CIO John Stenbit left in March 2004.

Grimes would also be dual-hatted as the assistant secretary of Defense for networks and information integration.

Grimes previously served as deputy assistant secretary for counterintelligence and security countermeasures at Defense, and held the title of deputy assistant secretary for Defense-wide command, control and communications. He also worked for the National Security Council as senior director of the White House Situation Support Staff.

Grimes is a graduate of the University of Arizona and has a master's degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa., the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Va., and Harvard University's National and International Security Policy Program.

From 1961 to 1981, Grimes held senior technical and staff positions with the Army. He began his military service with the Air Force in 1956.

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