Dana Deasy, the Department of Defense’s chief information officer, has been officially nominated to become the Department of Defense’s chief information officer, according to a June 25 presidential announcement.

Deasy, a former executive at J.P. Morgan and BP, took the Pentagon’s top IT job in May 2018. But Congress had changed the rules so that beginning in 2019 the position now requires confirmation from the Senate.

President Donald Trump issued an intent to nominate Deasy to the role June 25.

“I have been going through the delightful process over the last six months, going through all you have to do behind the scenes to become nominated,” Deasy, told a group of reporters during a breakfast roundtable June 25.

Deasy, surprised by the announcement, said the nomination could have happened anytime within the last five months. He added there is nothing to be read into the publication date of the nomination.

The Defense Department’s chief information officer is the top technology adviser to the secretary of defense. His portfolio includes information management, information technology information assurance, non-intelligence space systems, critical satellite communications, navigation and timing programs, spectrum and telecommunications. The Pentagon spends about $47 billion annually on IT.

Mark Pomerleau is a reporter for C4ISRNET, covering information warfare and cyberspace.

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