Navy CIO on Managing ‘Single Biggest Integrated Network in the World’

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Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen, Photo: doncio.navy.mil

Navy Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen is in charge of a sprawling but often unnoticed IT enterprise.

“Who runs the single biggest integrated network in the world? The Department of the Navy runs it,” he said, according to a report on Federal News Radio. “I guarantee you if you go into the halls of the Pentagon or other places and ask that question, rarely would you get the answer…we haven’t made our case very well publicly.”

Halvorsen, who took over the top IT post a little more than three months ago, has been making the case to raise the Navy’s IT profile, including a noted speech at a defense IT conference in San Diego last month.

Halvorsen touted the Navy’s enterprise approach, which stems from efforts to bring Navy and Marine Corps IT under the same roof.

“I believe there’s really great power to get more effective and efficient in using the department of the Navy enterprise approach,” he said. “That said, I also understand that bigger is not always better. So where do we make the right choices?”

Halvorsen said the department is using a mission business systems analysis, a mouthful of a phrase for a relatively straightforward task: determining which programs are necessary.

“We’re in a financial crisis. That is a fact,” he said. “You will hear some people say it’s a zero-sum game for DoD.”

But, only speaking for himself, he added, he characterized the current budget situation as a “negative game.”

“DoD and DoN are going to have less money,” he said. “We are going have less people than we have now … That’s not a zero-sum game,” he explained.

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