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Sharothi Pikar Named JAIC Deputy Chief Digital and AI Officer, Acquisitions; DoD CIO John Sherman Quoted

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Sharothi Pikar, command acquisition executive at U.S. Cyber Command, has been appointed deputy chief digital and AI officer, acquisitions, at the Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center.

In her new role, she will oversee the development, acquisition and procurement of capabilities with DOD’s industry and academic partners, JAIC said in a LinkedIn post.

“Sharothi is perfect for the role, bringing her knowledge and expertise in acquiring new technologies for the department and coming into a team already working innovative and exciting contract vehicles here at CDAO,” said John Sherman, chief information officer of DOD and acting CDAO. 

“Her hire along with the rest of our leadership really highlights the importance of CDAO,” added Sherman, a 2022 Wash100 Award winner. 

Pikar previously served as associate director for cyber strategies within the office of the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering and senior cyber adviser within the Department of the Army.

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