No. 239-98
IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 13, 1998 (703)697-5737(public/industry)


The Department of Defense today announced the reorganization of its headquarters element overseeing command, control, communications and intelligence (C3I) functions. The new office structure will enable the Department to better address today's defense information and intelligence issues, such as information assurance, infrastructure protection, spectrum allocation, Year 2000 computer conversion, and electronic commerce. It will also position the Department to achieve its goal of information superiority.

In keeping with the objectives of the Defense Reform Initiative to streamline the office of the secretary of Defense, this newly structured office will assume responsibilities for several new functions including space-related matters, oversight of the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance program, and defense aspects of critical infrastructure protection.

The C3I office will be directed by an assistant secretary of Defense (C3I) who will also carry out the legislatively mandated functions of chief information officer for the Department of Defense. The ASD (C3I) will be supported by a principal deputy and four deputy assistant secretaries of Defense (C3I):

Integration. This office will also oversee space policy and allocation policy for DoD use of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Arthur L. Money is currently overseeing the operation of the C3I organization in his capacity as senior civilian official for the office of the assistant secretary of Defense (C3I) and DoD chief information officer. The following individuals will serve initially in an acting capacity in the new organization:

This organization will report directly to the secretary and deputy secretary of Defense and will exercise oversight over six Defense agencies: the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Defense Security Service, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the National Security Agency.

The new organization is expected to be initially in place by June 1, 1998.