Changes are afoot at the Pentagon. President Trump selected Lt. Gen. Bradford “B.J.” Shwedo as the next CIO of the Joint Staff, Defense Secretary James Mattis announced Wednesday. Shwedo will replace Coast Guard Vice Adm. Marshall B. Lytle.

Lt Gen Bradford Shwedo (Photo: U.S. Air Force)

As Joint Staff CIO, Shwedo will take over as director for command, control, communications, and computers/cyber (C4) and CIO (J6) for the Joint Staff–a group within DoD consisting of personnel from each of the five military branches that assist the Joint Chiefs of Staff with their duties.

This won’t be Shwedo’s first time in the CIO hot seat. He currently serves as the Air Force’s CIO and chief information dominance officer–positions he’s held since June 2017.

Prior to his current role, Shwedo served as Commander of 25th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland where he led 30,000 personnel in “worldwide operations, delivering multisource intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products, applications, capabilities, and resources.” Shwedo graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1987 with a B.S. in Military History.

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