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Terry Halvorsen

CIO, United States Department of Defense

Terry Halvorsen assumed the duties as the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer effective March 8, 2015.  He previously served as the Acting Department of Defense Chief Information Officer.  Prior to that, he was the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer.

As DoD CIO, Mr. Halvorsen is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense for Information Management / Information Technology and Information Assurance as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications.  

Before serving as the Department of the Navy CIO, Mr. Halvorsen was the deputy commander, Navy Cyber Forces.  He began serving in that position in January 2010 as part of the Navy Cyber reorganization.  Previous to that, Mr. Halvorsen served as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command.  He was responsible for providing leadership for over 16,000 military and civilian personnel and supporting over 300 ships and approximately 800,000 globally dispersed computer network users.  In this position he was responsible for the business performance of Navy network operations, space operations, information operations and knowledge management.

Mr. Halvorsen served as an Army intelligence officer in a variety of assignments, including Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm.  He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Widener University, and a master's degree in educational technology from the University of West Florida.  He is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and an Excellence in Government Leadership Fellow.

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Walking around the Pentagon, I see an enduring and complex building filled with busy halls and numerous entrances enable efficient access for those who work and visit to come and go as necessary. As headquarters of the Department of Defense (DoD), the Pentagon must provide a secure and effective building for the thousands of people who work here and the millions that...
The Department of Defense (DoD) stands at cross-roads facing a future that is fast moving, connected, and highly contested. Technology is advancing rapidly. The Department’s adversaries are relentless and use both traditional and non-traditional methods– DoD is attacked every day in cyberspace. This connectivity impacts the computers and networks that the...