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Release No: 342-06
April 21, 2006

DoD Creates Defense Spectrum Organization

            The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and DoD Chief Information Officer John G. Grimes has directed the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to establish the Defense Spectrum Organization as a center of excellence for radio frequency spectrum analysis, planning and support.


            This new organization represents the next critical step in the Department of Defense's transformation of the management of radio frequency spectrum assets and processes.


            This strategic realignment reflects DoD's ongoing effort to transform spectrum management in line with the President's Spectrum Policy Reform Initiative, which is developing a spectrum policy for the 21st century.  The new office will merge and realign DISA's existing Defense Spectrum Office and Joint Spectrum Center. 


            "The Defense Spectrum Organization will significantly advance the department's efforts to make spectrum management information available to the warfighter anywhere, anytime," said Grimes.


            This effort aims to transform the department's legacy spectrum management processes and capabilities to support an emerging net-centric environment in which radio frequency-based resources play an integral role.


            Defense transformation hinges on the recognition that information is our greatest source of power.  Information can be leveraged to allow decision makers at all levels to be more effective, make better decisions faster, and act sooner.  Ensuring timely and trusted information is available where it is needed, when it is needed, and to those who need it most is at the heart of the capability needed to conduct network-centric operations.


            For more information on OSD Network and Infomration Integration’s spectrum-related activities, visit http://www.defenselink.mil/nii/.

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