Terry Halvorsen, the Defense Department‘s chief information officer, believes that DoD and Silicon Valley’s technology community can build a culture of trust through contracting, The Christian Science Monitor reported Thursday.
Sara Sorcher writes Halvorsen has reached out to technology companies in the West Coast to encourage them to support cybersecurity operations and complex missions at the department.
“I do think American industry responds to DoD very well and has a very great history of doing that,” he told audience during a breakfast event hosted by CSMonitor.
Halvorsen noted that his office spends approximately $36.8 billion on contracts each year and does not have major trust issues with the the department’s industry partners.
Leaks of classified National Security Agency documents by former contractor Edward Snowden have caused a rift between the government and technology industry, prompting the Obama administration to encourage agencies to find ways to restore the private sector’s trust. the publication reports.