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FCW : October 30, 2012
26 October 30, 2012 FCW.COM Future Mission Network evolves into an even broader mission partner environment. The coalition communication programs have proved invaluable in battle zones, and they are a cornerstone of JIE and a prime example of the department s enterprise efforts, Bowman said. He is helping direct the initiative s ongo- ing development, including meeting biweekly with other executive-level DOD of cials to closely monitor progress and chart the way ahead. "We have to make sure we don t lose momentum. The JIE s a wonderful thing, but it doesn t have irreversible momentum behind it yet," he said. "If it were left alone, it would go right back to where it was --- everyone doing their own thing --- and we can t afford that, operationally or nancially." It is that kind of focus that makes those who know Bow- man say the program could not be in more capable hands. "Mark brings an incredible mix of tactical and operational signal experience, plus an extraordinary understanding of joint operations," said retired Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson, former Army CIO and now a partner at consulting rm A.T. Kearney. "Simply stated, he s the right guy at the right time in the right place. He will help drive the JIE to reality." Staying open to new ideas The Joint Staff position is not Bowman s rst run as a leader or as a CIO, but it is the rst time anyone has been both C4 director and CIO at the Joint Staff. For him it makes sense: When J6 was disestablished two years ago as part of former Defense Secretary Robert Gates ef ciency measures, it left a gap in network connectedness for the military. "With the increased dependence on the network, the increased threats to the network and the scal environment we re in, it just makes sense to have it all together so we can be mutually supportive and push it forward," Bowman said. "The environment is just perfect for success today.... We re dealing with that reality, and we can do better than we have in the past." Part of doing things better is starting from within the organization, said Bowman, who sees his directorate as a prime place for testing new capabilities before elding them more broadly. Examples include enterprise e-mail, thin-client technology and efforts to reduce costs by cut- ting down on printing. "We re open to new ideas. What we re going to do here at J6 is always try it out ourselves rst," he said. "We identify issues and get it xed, then we start working with other directorates and activities to put them on as pilot users." Those experiments serve to identify potential savings and push DOD toward its enterprise vision. By getting new capabilities right at J6 rst, it makes makes the transition easier and helps overcome the cultural barriers while also proving the viability of shared resources and services, bring- ing the forces together, and improving defense. "Everything is a learning process, and we have to learn as we go," Bowman said. "We need to adapt with the times. Our adversaries are using commercial off-the-shelf technol- ogy; they re adapting. It would be irresponsible of us not to change." The lessons have helped shape the leadership role he has taken on, garnered from his experience in helping guide bud- geting, strategy and oversight of $5 billion in Army defense IT, leading data center consolidation efforts, modernizing the Army through the Base Realignment and Closure pro- gram, and redesigning the Signal Regiment. Bowman char- acteristically shares the credit for those accomplishments with his colleagues. "You take all the things you ve worked with in the past, and quite frankly, they re not all my ideas," he said. "It s obvious things were done in the past that we could do better and more securely in the future if we work together as an enterprise approach. There is no room for cultural differences.... It s about working together and sharing the view of the network together. If I were asked if I have a quest, that s it: for everybody to be one radius away from what s going on." ■ MAJ. GEN. MARK BOWMAN Federal 100: What it takes Before Maj. Gen. Mark Bowman was CIO for the Joint Staff, he was a Federal 100 winner. He won in 2011 for his leadership on data center consolidation, telecommu- nication systems and a ground-up redesign of the Army s Signal Regiment. Defense Department Deputy CIO Robert Carey said at the time that Bowman transformed "how the Army provides communications to war ghters on the ground. " It is for leaders like these that FCW created the annual Federal 100 awards to recognize 100 individuals in gov- ernment and industry who have played pivotal roles in the federal IT community. The nomination period for 2013 opens Nov. 1. Federal 100 awards are for individual achievement, not teams or projects. And although previous publicity is no disquali er, we are looking for the unsung heroes who have made a difference through their creativity, energy and sheer tenacity. All nominations must be made online at FCW.com and must be submitted by midnight on Dec. 21. Go to fcw. com/fed100 to learn more and help identify the next Federal 100.
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