Pentagon announces nomination of new Defense Information Systems Agency Director
ByFunAsia 12 Sep 2020 10:14 PM 185

Pentagon announced that the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency is getting a new director.


Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced that President Donald Trump had nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert J. Skinner to be the director of Defense Information Systems Agency and commander of Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DoDIN). Skinner will be replacing Vice Admiral Nancy A. Norton.


JFHQ-DoDIN was incorporated in 2016 and is a subordinate element to U.S. Cyber Command responsible for DoD networks' daily global defense.


Skinner served as the deputy of JFHQ-DoDIN during the early days of his service.


While giving an interview, he said, "They have made huge strides," "they have skyrocketed … They're truly doing command and control in the Department of Defense Information Networks, making us more effective and capable of a defensive side."


Skinner led the Air Forces Cyber previously and received appreciation from colleagues, especially concerning work Air Force teams performed in defense of the 2018 mid-term elections.


Vice Adm. Ross Myers, then Deputy Commander of Cyber Command, talked about Skinner at the activation ceremony for 16th Air Force (the first information warfare numbered Air Force) in October 2019, "He also led and was critical in the 2018 mid-term elections. Setting us on a path for the 2020". Elections – a mission that I will contend will be enduring for the rest of the time. It is not one that will end in 2020."



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