Gen. Peterson picked for Air Force CIO spot

Maj. Gen. Michael Peterson has been nominated by President Bush to become the Air Force's next CIO as director of the newly formed Office of Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Officer. Peterson also has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general.

According to Air Force spokesman Capt. James Cunningham, Peterson currently is serving as director of information services and integration, succeeding Maj. Gen. Charles Croom.

Croom is being promoted to lieutenant general and assumes the directorship of the Defense Information Systems Agency next month.
Peterson previously served as director of the Strategic Command and Air Component Coordination Element in the U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

Lt. Gen. William 'Tom' Hobbins has been acting director of the office and had been widely reported to be the nominee. Cunningham said that Hobbins never was nominated and press reports were based on a misunderstanding. Hobbins' new assignment has not yet been announced, Cunningham added.

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