Meet the CIOs: Air Force

Air Force: Arthur Money

Arthur Money

Air Force
Pentagon - Room 4E964
Washington, D.C. 20330-1060
Phone: 703-697-6361
Fax: 703-614-4471

Career Highlights:

1996-Present: Assistant secretary of Air Force for acquisition
1995: Deputy general manager, TRW Avionics and Surveillance Group
1972-94: Various posts at TRW subsidiary, ESL Inc., including president

IT Budget (fiscal years):
1996: $2.53 billion
1997: $2.48 billion
1998: $2.66 billion

Priority Projects:

  • Year 2000 Fix - determining which systems should be tackled first and which may be ignored.
  • Global Combat Support System - reengineering mainframe applications to be ported to more cost-effective and flexible platforms.
  • Theater Deployable Communications - decreasing footprints of battlefield communications equipment so it can be more easily airlifted. Program also includes dramatically increasing communications capabilities.

Biggest Challenges:

"Upgrading the Air Force base-level infrastructure to ensure that all our bases are provided with a standard, robust information infrastructure that supports our functional systems. In addition, protecting information from hackers, crackers and outright attack by our enemies is a crucial concern. We are installing firewalls between the network public access point and our internal networks to provide boundary protection against excluded or suspect addresses."

Management Approach:

"The Air Force has created a totally integrated IRM organization at major command and base levels - in effect, a top to bottom CIO structure. We have formed a CIO management board composed of our most senior, three-star-level directors and given them a voice in the formulation and implementation of the CIO structure."

Hottest Technologies:

"The universal server promises to manage images, video and alphanumeric data in a single relational database. And Web tools that allow people to better access and manage the Net are going to allow us to cut back on the information overload of our people, systems and networks.
"In addition, the rapid strides made in IT in the last few years are bringing us to the edge of real simulation capabilities at the desktop and laptop, both dropping the cost of simulation systems and allowing us to link up with our sister services to study the effectiveness of our systems in support of their requirements and vice versa."

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