Cyber Support to Warfighter Puts Naval Officer on Federal 100 IT List


Story Number: NNS090325-09Release Date: 3/25/2009 4:17:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Adrian White, Naval Network Warfare Command Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- The commander of Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command (NCDOC) was selected March 25 for the Federal 100 list of outstanding information technology (IT) leaders for 2008 during a ceremony in Washington.

Capt. Roy S. Petty, commander, NCDOC, received the award. The Federal 100 recognizes individuals from government, industry and academia who significantly influence how the federal government buys, uses or manages information technology. Nominees are recognized for their risk-taking, vision and pioneering spirit in the federal IT community.

In addition, Petty has been selected as one of the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO) Information Management/Information Technology Excellence Award winners for his excellence in leadership and efficiency as it relates to the DON IM/IT strategic vision.

"I've had the great fortune to be in command of a truly outstanding organization at a time when the Department of Defense and the nation are extremely focused on the issue of network security and defending critical infrastructure," Petty said. "The Navy's networks are absolutely vital to our warfighting capability, and they are a vulnerability that must be protected."

Petty credited his award to the hard work and dedication of the NCDOC team in bringing the cyber fight to the enemy.

"I believe the most significant accomplishment we've achieved is bringing the fight to the forefront. The computer network defense mission is essential to every other warfare area and requires commanders at every level understand it's importance," he said. "What I am proudest of is the tremendous capability improvements we've brought to the fight; the building of real knowledge, processes and capabilities."

Although Petty said that NCDOC and the military have accomplished much in the cyber arena, he believes there is still much left to be done.

"Our environment demands that we find more creative ways to leverage the power of a networked culture to share information and collaborate seamlessly in a real or virtual global environment," he said. "However, this must be balanced against an increasingly agile threat that adapts far quicker than our traditional ability to respond. Additionally, we cannot expect technology to solve our problems.

"The challenges we face require a combination of people, operations and technology. And we can never be satisfied; there will always be more to do."

For more news from Naval Network Warfare Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/nnwc/.

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