Pentagon announces new leadership for Chief Digital, AI Office


Written by Brandi Vincent

The Pentagon‘s new Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) has hired nearly a dozen senior executives for its top positions — and met its June 1 deadline to become fully operational, FedScoop learned Wednesday.

This news comes nearly six months after the Department of Defense initiated a major organizational reorganization to place a suite of technology-driving components under this newly established office, with the ultimate goal of better scaling digital and AI-enabled capabilities across its vast organization.

“After a multi-stage process of [initial operating capability] CDAO has completely merged and integrated the former sub-organizations of Advana, Chief Data Officer, Defense Digital Service and Joint Artificial Intelligence Center into FOC. Old component names are no longer recognized or used unless they are mapped to a product or department-specific capability,” CDAO’s spokesperson said in a statement.

New hires include:

  • Chief Digital and AI Officer – Craig Martell
  • Deputy CDAO – Margaret Palmieri
  • DCDAO for Acquisition – Sharothi Pikar
  • DCDAO for Policy, Strategy and Governance – Clark Cully
  • DCDAO for Enterprise Platforms and Business Optimization – Greg Little
  • DCDAO for Algorithmic Warfare – Joe Larson
  • DCDAO for Digital Services – Katie (Olson) Savage
  • Chief Operating Officer – Dan Folliard
  • Chief Technology Officer—Bill Strelein
  • Head of AI Insurance – Jane Pinelis

Diane Staheli was also recently recruited to lead CDAO’s Responsible AI (RAI) Division.

Several of these officials have already made waves within the DOD, including founder and former director of the Navy’s Digital Warfare Office, Margaret Palmieri, and Joe Larson, who previously served as deputy chief of the Pentagon’s Project Maven.

In these new roles at CDAO, officials will help guide Pentagon strategy development and policy formulation for related solutions; Enabling data access and AI adoption within appropriate institutional processes; Establish strong digital infrastructure and services to support AI and digital-driven deployments of military and departmental components and more.

The CDAO is targeting October 1 for full administrative adjustment of staff and resources, the spokesman told FedScoop.

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Bill Streilein, CDAO, Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, Clark Cully, Craig Martell, Dan Folliard, Defense Digital Service (DDS), Diane Staheli, Greg Little, Jane Pinelis, Joe Larson, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), Katie Savage , Margaret Palmieri, Sharothi Pikar


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