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2018 NDAA CONFERENCE REPORT ADDRESSES CIO ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

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The House of Representatives has released its Conference Report on the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
Among the changes implemented by the Conference Committee
is one of particular interest and import to the EW community.
Under Title IX - DOD Defense Organization and Management,
of the 2018 NDAA, the Senate had added an amendment that
would have elevated the role of the DOD's Chief Information
Officer (CIO) and realigned its authorities and responsibilities
to two other officials. The stated objective of the proposed
change was "to improve the DOD's strategy and policy related
to cyber- and electronic-warfare."
As it stands now, the DOD CIO is the Principal Staff Assistant and senior Information Technology advisor to the Secretary of Defense. The role includes overseeing many National
security and defense business systems, managing information
resources, and finding efficiencies. It is also responsible for all
matters relating to the Department's information enterprise,
including: communications; spectrum management; network
policy and standards; information systems; cybersecurity; positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) policy; and the DOD information enterprise that supports DOD command and control.
With the Senate amendment, a new Chief Information Warfare Officer (CIWO) position would have assumed responsibility
for Defense-wide information warfighting functions, while the
"CIO's current responsibilities concerning business systems and
statutory requirements not specified within the CIWO's purview
would fall to the DOD's Chief Management Officer (CMO)."
However, the Conference Committee has replaced the Senate amendment with one that instead requires the CIO position to be Presidentially-appointed and Senate confirmed. The
amendment also designates "additional responsibilities related
to budgets and standards" and authorizes the CIO to "evaluate
and certify that DOD budgets are sufficient in meeting Department-wide requirements for the functional areas it oversees."
In particular, the Conference Committee amendment
states that the CIO shall "exercise its new budget authority and responsibility with respect to nuclear command
and control solely in its capacity as a support element
of the Council on Oversight of the National Leadership
Command, Control, and Communications System and
solely in its capacity as a support element of the Council on Oversight of the Department of Defense Position,
Navigation and Timing (PNT) Enterprise.
The amendment also requires the establishment of
a process for developing and publishing standards for
information technology, networking, and cyber capa-

bilities, and requires that capabilities developed by the military Services and Defense Agencies adhere to the standards.
Although the amendment adds cybersecurity and cyber
capabilities to the responsibilities of the CIO, the Conference
Committee report emphasizes that this move is "not intended
to supersede, but to be complementary to, the roles and responsibilities assigned to the Principal Cyber Advisor (PCA)." The
report states that the PCA has been chronically under-resourced
since its establishment, and directs the Director of the Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) Office to provide an
assessment of the "resources required for the PCA to effectively
fulfill all assigned roles and responsibilities as defined in law,
statute, and as assigned by the Secretary of Defense to the congressional defense committees not later than March 1, 2017."
Although the Senate amendment further contained a provision requiring clarification and expansion of the responsibilities of the DOD Chief Management Officer (CMO), the Conference
Committee also replaced this with an amendment that instead
calls only for "clarification of the reporting chains, duties, authorities, and responsibilities of the CMO."
Given their past close working relationship and, in some cases, the sharing of roles and responsibilities, the CIO determination is expected to have some impact on the DOD's decision to
split the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics (USDAT&L) into two positions with one undersecretary focusing on acquisition and sustainment (USDA&S) and the other
handling research and engineering functions (USDR&E).
Under the new arrangement, the USDA&S will oversee the
ASD for acquisition; ASD for sustainment; and ASD for nuclear,
chemical and biological weapons. The USDR&E will oversee the
Defense Science Board; Missile Defense Agency; Strategic Intelligence Analysis Cell; Assistant Secretary of Defense (ASD)
Research and Technology, and ASD for Advanced Capabilities.
The ASD for Research and Technology will oversee the Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), as well as the
Deputy Assistant Secretaries of Defense (DASDs) for Laboratories and Personnel and for Research and Technology Investments. The ASD for Advanced Capabilities will include the
Defense Innovation Unit Experimental; Strategic Capabilities
Office; DASD for prototyping and experimentation; and DASD
for mission engineering and integration.
Earlier this year, the Senate confirmed former Textron
Systems President and CEO, Ellen Lord, as USDAT&L chief
and she is expected to be reconfirmed as USDA&S chief when
the changes are implemented by February 1, 2018. -
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JED - December 2017

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JED - December 2017

The View From Here
Conferences Calendar
Courses Calendar
From the President
The Monitor
Washington Report
World Report
An Approach to UAV-Based ELINT
Combined EW and Cyber Event Illuminates Important Issues and Disconnects
Technology Survey: RF Tuners and Tuner Modules for SIGINT Applications
AOC EW Singapore 2018 Preview
Report from the 2017 AOC CEMA Conference
New Products
Recounting the History of the EW Working Group
EW 101
AOC 2017 Annual Award Winners
AOC News
Index of Advertisers
JED Quick Look
JED - December 2017 - intro
JED - December 2017 - cover1
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JED - December 2017 - 4
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JED - December 2017 - The View From Here
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JED - December 2017 - Conferences Calendar
JED - December 2017 - 9
JED - December 2017 - Courses Calendar
JED - December 2017 - 11
JED - December 2017 - From the President
JED - December 2017 - 13
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JED - December 2017 - insert1
JED - December 2017 - insert2
JED - December 2017 - The Monitor
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JED - December 2017 - Washington Report
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JED - December 2017 - World Report
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JED - December 2017 - An Approach to UAV-Based ELINT
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JED - December 2017 - Combined EW and Cyber Event Illuminates Important Issues and Disconnects
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JED - December 2017 - Technology Survey: RF Tuners and Tuner Modules for SIGINT Applications
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JED - December 2017 - AOC EW Singapore 2018 Preview
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JED - December 2017 - Report from the 2017 AOC CEMA Conference
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JED - December 2017 - New Products
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JED - December 2017 - Recounting the History of the EW Working Group
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JED - December 2017 - 79
JED - December 2017 - 80
JED - December 2017 - EW 101
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JED - December 2017 - AOC 2017 Annual Award Winners
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JED - December 2017 - AOC News
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JED - December 2017 - Index of Advertisers
JED - December 2017 - JED Quick Look
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