Raj Iyer becomes US Army’s first Chief Information Officer

Indian-American Dr Raj Iyer has taken over as the first Chief Information Officer of the US Army, after the Pentagon created the position in July 2020.

One of the highest-ranking Indian-American civilians in the US Department of Defense, Raj Iyer, who holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Army and directs representation of the secretary in matters relating to information management/information technology (IT), the Pentagon said in a statement.

Equivalent in rank to a three-star General, Raj Iyer will supervise an annual budget of $16 billion for the US Army’s IT operations. Over 15,000 civilians and military personnel posted across 100 countries work under him.

Dr. Raj Iyer will direct the execution of policies and programs to modernize the US Army to achieve a digital overmatch against near-peer adversaries such as China and Russia.

Previously, Dr. Raj Iyer was a partner and managing director at Deloitte Consulting LLP, where he led multiple technology programs supporting government clients.

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