Gary Wang, the deputy chief information officer/G6 for the Army, retired May 31 after 35 years of government service. Wang was named deputy CIO, the highest civilian IT position in the Army, in 2014.
The CIO/G6 focuses on Army network modernization and resourcing. As deputy, Wang oversaw modernization projects such as the transition to the Joint Regional Security Stacks, which is a network security platform, and managed a $10 billion investment portfolio.
Shortly before his retirement, Wang spoke at a Washington-area AFCEA event about the future of converging Army IT and networks.
“We have functional parts of the Army that continue to build their own separate networks,” Wang said. “Three years ago we started talking about convergence and getting all the operational networks behind the JRSS. We are starting to do that now.”
Prior to serving as deputy CIO, Wang worked for the Navy as part of its intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and information operations program, and as director of corporate operations at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.
Maj. Gen Garrett Yee has been named acting deputy CIO, said Jess Smith, Army CIO/G6 spokeswoman. In the past Yee has worked on both Army network modernization and cybersecurity.
In May, Yee spoke at the Cyber Threat Intelligence Forum about Army network strategies for the future, which prioritize readiness, modernization and protection from potential cyber threats.
“To put things in perspective, the last time we took on an effort of this magnitude the internet was just beginning to take shape, social media was just a dream, and there was no such thing as software-defined capability,” Yee said.
A permanent replacement has not yet been named.
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