DVIDS – News – Army gets new Chief Information Officer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Army’s Civilian Senior Leader Management Office announced Friday, Nov. 13, that Raj Iyer will take over as the new Chief Information Officer for IT reform.

In his new role as CIO, Iyer will serve as principal advisor to the secretary of the Army, setting the strategic direction and objectives for information technology and information management. Iyer will direct the execution of policies and programs for IT and information management areas, including integrated IT architecture, enterprise data management, cybersecurity, and cloud management.

Iyer is stepping into his new position following the realignment of the Army CIO and G-6 into two separate offices in August.

He takes over the role from Greg Garcia, who served as the Army’s acting Chief Information Officer while serving as the Deputy CIO and previous Army Chief Data Officer. In October, the Army announced David M. Markowitz as the new Chief Data

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DVIDS – News – Dr. Raj Iyer, Chief Information Officer for Information Technology Reform

Dr. Raj G. Iyer was selected for the Senior Executive Service in November 2020 and assumed the position as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Information Technology Reform in the Office of the Secretary of the Army.

As CIO, Dr. Iyer serves as the principal advisor to and directs all matters representing the Secretary of the Army relating to Information Management/ Information Technology (IM/IT). He sets the strategic direction and oversees the execution of policies and programs for IM/IT including managing an integrated IT architecture, enterprise data management, cybersecurity, and cloud management. He oversees the

capital planning and execution of $18 billion portfolio for implementation of an enterprise IM/IT programs that deliver a responsive, effective, secure, collaborative and trusted environment of communication,

information and technological superiority for the Army and its joint and allied nation partners.

Dr. Iyer previously served as the Managing Director for Government and Public

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DVIDS – News – Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1 Holds Change of Command

NAVAL AIR STATION PATUXENT RIVER, Md. – Cmdr. Ian Lilyquist relieved Cmdr. Jared Tharp as commander of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Scientific Development Squadron (VXS) 1, Nov. 6 during a change of command ceremony held at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Commanding Officer Capt. Ricardo Vigil presented Tharp with the Meritorious Service Medal. Tharp served as the VXS-1 Commanding Officer from August 2019 to November 2020. Vigil said Tharp’s distinguished leadership was instrumental to the squadron’s continued record of superlative support to NRL’s airborne mission.

Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, commander, Office of Naval Research presided over the ceremony, took the opportunity to praise Tharp on a successful tour marked by world-wide deployments that advanced critical Science and Technology to the Fleet.

“The work being done by the VXS-1 squadron is vital for the Naval Research Enterprise,” Selby said. “Conducting

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DVIDS – News – AFCEC awarded patent for new runway repair technology

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently granted the Air Force a patent for an innovative runway repair solution developed at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center.

The formula, developed by members of AFCEC’s laboratory at Tyndall AFB, Florida, will allow Rapid Airfield Damage Repair, or RADR, teams to quickly repair runways using materials that can be gathered locally, like sand and clay.

Additionally, the Air Force expects a significant cost savings, said Craig Mellerski, AFCEC Requirements and Acquisition Division chief. Using locally sourced materials for three quarters of the mixture will save the Air Force around $1,140 per cubic yard.

The road to inventing cementitious material began in 2015, said Mellerski.

“The Air Force needed an alternate backfill solution that can be used in remote areas to patch damaged runways allowing critical mission operations to resume quickly,” Mellerski said.

The AFCEC research

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DVIDS – News – Virtual reality technology enhances small unit tactics

In January of this year, the U.S. Military Academy began working with the Penn State Applied Research Lab to facilitate an event called the Virtual Thunderstorm Technology Demonstration. During the demo, nine vendors provided the Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) from the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) with a solution to enhance small unit lethality on the battlefield. Conversations for this event began between November and December of last year with preparations for the culminating event the week of Oct 5-9.

According to Lt. Col. Chris Johnes, the director of the West Point Simulation Center, the solution is the development of a virtual reality simulation rendered by scientific research and development companies. Due to COVID-19 and travel restrictions, company representatives could not come to West Point to showcase their products live. The event had to be conducted — webinar style.

The event kick started on Oct. 5

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