Navy's Wennergren to take his vision Defensewide

Dave Wennergren, the Navy CIO, has been talking for a number of years about the need for his department to move to standards and an enterprise view. Now he will take that vision to a broader audience.

Defense Department CIO John Grimes tapped Wennergren to be his new deputy CIO and deputy assistant secretary for information management and IT.

Wennergren will replace Priscilla Guthrie, who became principal deputy CIO in May, but has worked in the office since 2001. Guthrie is a political appointee, but Wennergren will remain a career employee, he said.

'I was not looking for another job,' Wennergren said. 'I've been with the Navy in some capacity my entire adult life. But John Grimes asked if I was willing to come to [Office of the Secretary for Defense] and I decided it was a good idea.'

Wennergren, who has been Navy CIO for four years and deputy CIO the previous four years, will begin his new job Nov. 27.

He said he does not know who will replace him yet. His deputy Rob Carey is deployed in Iraq and his acting deputy is John Lussier.

Wennergren, who is the CIO Council's vice chairman, said he's excited about his new opportunity to help influence DOD more broadly.

'This is a chance for me to put into action my words,' he said. 'I've been saying change is often about giving up personal control. A lot of net-centricity is thinking about the organization as an enterprise and using products or services as part of an enterprise solution.'

Wennergren added that because he has worked in DOD for so long he will benefit from his previous relationships across the department in his new role.


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