Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of Defense


One of the main roles of the DoD CIO is to defend the Department's networks from the cyber threat. Our military's first responsibility is to prevent and de-escalate conflict, and that is DoD's overriding purpose in cyberspace as well. To meet this cyber threat, DoD is rethinking the way it addresses cyber, and one of the primary ways in which it is changing its approach is by focusing on mission assurance, rather than on computer system security. This enables DoD to move beyond bolting on cybersecurity solutions to building resilient, mission-assurance and cybersecurity characteristics into the total information environment.

DoD Strategy for Defending Networks, Systems, and Data (DDNSD)

The DoD Strategy for Defending Networks, Systems, and Data (DDNSD), published 2013, identifies strategic imperatives to ensure protection, integrity, and assurance of the Department's cyber assets. It focuses on four key areas: establishing a resilient cyber defense posture, transforming cyber defense operations, enhancing cyber situational awareness, and assuring survivability against highly sophisticated cyber attack.

Cyber Workforce Strategy

Published in 2013, this comprehensive strategy is being implemented to transform legacy and evolving workforces - such as information technology and information assurance - into a cohesive cyberspace workforce. The Cyber Workforce Strategy focuses on recruiting, training, and retaining the necessary workforce to build and operate DoD's networks, as well as defending U.S. national security interests in cyberspace. This workforce will ensure DoD can acquire, structure, operate, and defend its information, networks, systems, services, and capabilities to achieve cyberspace operational and strategic advantage.