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Profile: Terry Halvorsen, Defense Department CIO

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Terry Halvorsen
Terry Halvorsen

Terry Halvorsen took on the responsibilities as chief information officer for the Department of Defense in March 2015.

The Pentagon CIO serves as principal adviser to the defense secretary on various aspects of information technology, data management, satellite communications, timing programs, navigation, telecommunications and other non-intelligence space platforms.

Halvorsen is also responsible for the delivery of IT platforms and services necessary to support a wide range of missions across the agency.

He is a former Department of the Navy’s CIO and deputy commander of the Navy Cyber Forces.

Halvorsen worked for four years as deputy commander of the Naval Network Warfare Command and helped manage the service branch’s knowledge management, space, information and network operations.

The Excellence in Government Leadership Fellow was involved in Operation Desert Storm and other assignments for the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer.

Halvorsen graduated from Widener University with a bachelor’s degree in history and from the University of West Florida with a master’s degree in educational technology.

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