The intelligence community is home to some of the most challenging and critical analytic issues of our time. In seeking to tackle these, one of our biggest areas of focus has been on tapping into the innovation of Silicon Valley and the tech community, embracing open source projects such as Spark, deploying a large scale public cloud, and even adopting agile managed cloud services.
Doug Wolfe was selected to serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the CIA in October 2013, after serving as Deputy CIO for just over a year. In his role as CIO, he oversees the Agency Information Technology (IT) vision and strategic direction and is an advisor to the Intelligence Community (IC) CIO in shaping the larger IC IT strategy. Prior to joining the CIO’s office, he served as Deputy Director for Acquisition, Technology, and Facilities at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
Doug joined the CIA in August 1984. He worked for 16 years as a part of the CIA component in the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and was involved in the launch and operations of multiple satellite systems. He partnered with the aerospace industry to develop new technologies and innovative collection concepts. His last position at the NRO was as the Director of Legislate Liaison.
Doug’s next assignments were in the Directorate of Science and Technology (DS&T), working in an office responsible for inventing new sources and methods. These efforts resulted in several large acquisitions, and Doug served as program manager through the initial operations of a new system. Continuing in that office, he was then assigned as the Deputy Director, leading and managing the development and operation of multiple innovative access systems.
As Deputy CIO, Doug worked to connect mission systems and enterprise information technologies. He focused on integrating data collection from diverse sources and developing a strategy for advanced analytics. Mission elements are now planning increased use of enterprise systems as technology advances and increased efficiencies are realized.
Prior to joining the CIA, Doug worked at Rocketdyne in Canoga Park, CA on the Space Shuttle’s main engine program. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master’s degree in System Engineering from Virginia Tech. He resides in Vienna, VA with his wife and daughter.