Dave Spirk, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former chief data officer at the U.S. Special Operations Command, has been named CDO at the Department of Defense.
He will work in the DoD Office of the Chief Information Officer and will help implement the department's Digital Modernization Strategy in his new position, the Pentagon said Friday.
Prior to this appointment, Spirk held a similar role at the U.S. Special Operations Command. He previously served as associate director in the U.S. Air Force's Concept Development and Management Office for Advanced Analytics and Technology Investment.
His career also includes time as USMC intelligence specialist in Afghanistan and chief of operations in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for the Cuba and Venezuela mission manager.
“Dave brings extensive experience and a thorough understanding of how data empowers joint, all-domain operations," said Dana Deasy, chief information officer of DoD and a 2020 Wash100 awardee.
"I look forward to working with Dave as we create a strong data culture across the department," Deasy added.