Executive Mosaic is glad to announce Teresa “Teri” Takai, chief information officer at the Defense Department, as the latest executive to be inducted into the Wash100, the premier group of leaders who drive innovation and growth in the public and private sectors.
Formerly a CIO for California and Michigan, works with the defense secretary to manage the military’s information management, information technology and information assurance programs in the realms of non-intelligence space systems, satellite communications, navigation and timing programs, spectrum and telecommunications.
She joined the department in October 2010 and also served as acting assistant secretary for networks and information integration through January 2012, when the Pentagon disestablished that position and worked to strengthen the role of the CIO.
Upon her arrival, Takai made cybersecurity her primary point of emphasis as it started to factor in nearly every decision the military made regarding its IT networks, she told FedTech magazine in August 2011.
“Part of our challenge from a cybersecurity standpoint is that we have been and continue to be very, very highly decentralized in terms of the way we spend on IT and very highly decentralized in terms of the way that we operate,” she said in the interview.
Takai’s agenda also includes the establishment of FirstNet, which is intended to be single nationwide, interoperable broadband network for first responders.
She was named to the FirstNet board of directors in August 2012 alongside several other government leaders at all levels and described her work in a June 2013 interview with Government Technology.
“My main role has been to represent the state governors’ offices which includes the CIO and other executive branch organizations. I have also served on the personnel selection committee,” she told the publication.
Takai also outlined the board’s outreach efforts to states and localities with the goal of learning more about they want in a public safety communications network.
“We need state input to conduct an effective vendor RFI/RFP process and deliver the FirstNet build-out plan that fits the needs of each state,” said Takai.