The Defense Information Systems Agency has named Air Force Col. Bradley Barnhart as its new chief of staff. The announcement was made Aug. 6.

He will replace DISA’s previous chief of staff, Col. Joel Lindeman. DISA oversees the operation of DoD networks and IT, as well as significant parts of federal communications, mobility, satellite communications and cloud services.

Most recently, Barnhart served as commander of the 844th communications group and director of communications for the Air Force District of Washington, Joint Base Andrews. As chief of staff, Barnhart will manage DISA’s 8,000 member organization and $12 billion budget.

In a statement, Barnhart said he will focus on building trust with DISA’s mission partners and ensuring the agency meets its commitments.

“I will always have an open door,” he said. “But please also come armed with ideas on how we can improve our customer relationship with our mission partners. There is always more to be done in this area, and my goal, just like the director’s, is to make DISA the trusted information technology and cyber provider to connect and protect the war fighter in cyberspace.”