Meyerrose sets new agenda for intel IT

The intelligence world's IT specialists soon will be following new instructions for buying their digital cloaks and daggers, according to retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose, associate director of national intelligence and CIO of the intelligence community in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

In speeches this week at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Homeland Security Conference in Washington and at a separate AFCEA lunch in Virginia, Meyerrose emphasized that the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act'which established the DNI office'gave the legislatively mandated CIO four critical responsibilities:
  • Managing the enterprise architecture and IT governance of the entire intelligence community

  • Exercising procurement authority over IT for the entire intelligence community

  • Managing the acquisition process for the entire intelligence community and

  • Managing IT research and development in the intelligence community.

'We are [also] going to reorganize the certification and accreditation process,' Meyerrose said.

The new intelligence community CIO has stated clearly that the former system of managing intelligence community IT decision-making by forming ad hoc committees has come to an end. He said he had counted more than 100 committees, tiger teams, councils and other groups that were working on specific projects, and that they would be dissolved.

Meyerrose said that in situations where the CIO office would say no to specific activities within the intelligence community'presumably including acquisitions'he would take the decision himself, rather than delegate it. Rather than run the intelligence IT world by edict, Meyerrose said he planned to work as an advocate of his intelligence community partners.

Meyerrose emphasized that he did not have an agenda, but that he would support the missions of the front-line intelligence agencies.

Intelligence agency employees and contractors who heard the speeches noted that Meyerrose, a highly decorated officer who formerly was director of command, control, communications and computer systems at the Northern Command, appeared quite decisive in his agenda. 'He's not afraid,' one DNI office employee said.

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