DISA Not Moving to Cyber Command

The Defense Information Systems Agency won’t be part of U.S. Cyber Command after all.

In one of his last memo’s before leaving office, now former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the acquisition oversight for major automated IT systems will be moved to the office of Ashton Carter, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.

The move will still signal the end of the Networks Integration and Information office that Gates asked CIO Teri Takai to disassemble by the end of the fiscal year. The plan also calls for a smaller, more focused CIO office. 

“…after reviewing the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) memorandum dated Feb. 11, 2011, I recognize there are a number of significant policy, operational and practical concerns with shifting DISA to CYBERCOM that no longer make it a viable approach,” Gates wrote in his memo. “To this end, I believe the best course for the department is to return to the original goal of disestablishing NIl into a smaller and more focused and strengthened CIO office that has a strong relationship between DISA and CYBERCOM and achieves savings from eliminating functions that are duplicative or no longer necessary.”

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