Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced today his appointment of Teri Takai as Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (CIO). Takai previously served as CIO for the state of California since 2007 and was a past president of the National Association of State CIOs. Named one of Government Technology's Top 25 "Doers, Dreamers and Drivers,” Takai will assume her new duties effective Nov. 7.
On Aug. 9, 2010, Gates announced the disestablishment of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (ASD NII) while strengthening the current CIO position. As one of the country’s most significant users of information technology (IT), it is critical that the DoD streamline its IT management and infrastructure to drive increased information security and agility. Additionally, the billions of dollars that are spent by the DoD every year must be rationalized to ensure IT is used in the most cost-effective manner. The new CIO position will be central to these efforts as the DoD continues to transform its IT capabilities to meet the enormous mission critical needs of the U.S. military.
Takai brings her wealth of experience to this critical task and will help lead the effort to disestablish NII and define the successor CIO organization. Accordingly, Takai will also temporarily serve as the Acting ASD NII during this transition period.