Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner nominated to head DISA

If confirmed by the Senate, Skinner would also earn a rank promotion to lieutenant general.
Robert Skinner
Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner addresses attendees of the Air Force Information Technology and Cyberpower Conference August 26, 2019. (US Air Force / Cassandra Cornwell)

The Defense Information System Agency looks to be getting a new leader sometime soon.

The Pentagon announced late Friday that President Trump has nominated Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner to succeed Vice. Adm. Nancy Norton as the dual-hatted director of DISA and commander of Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network.

If confirmed by the Senate, Skinner would also earn a rank promotion to lieutenant general.

Skinner currently serves as director of the J-6 Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber Directorate for the United States Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii. In that role, he “is responsible for C4 across the largest regional combatant command enabling joint and coalition operations,” according to his bio.


Commissioned by the Air Force, Skinner has also spent time as commander of the 24th Air Force — the service’s component of the U.S. Cyber Command — prior to its redesignation under the 16th Air Force.

This wouldn’t be his first stint at DISA or JFHQ-DODIN — he spent time with the organizations as the chief of staff and the deputy commander, respectively.

In the dual-hatted role, Skinner would oversee DISA’s enterprise IT support for the Department of Defense globally, while also leading JFHQ-DODIN’s defense and operations of the Pentagon’s information networks.

The timeline for Skinner to replace Norton is unclear. When Norton was nominated to replace then-DISA head Lt. Gen. Alan Lynn in late 2017, it was three months before Lynn retired and Norton took over. DISA did not have information on the timing of the transition.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. After earning his journalism degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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