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Venice Goodwine, Air Force CIO, Wins Her First Wash100 Award

Venice Goodwine, Air Force CIO, Wins Her First Wash100 Award

Venice Goodwine is the Chief Information Officer at the Department of the Air Force. She has multiple responsibilities within the department, including overseeing cybersecurity, enforcing information laws, integrating warfighting capabilities, and managing IT and cyber civilian personnel. 


In 2024, she was honored with a Wash100 Award for her leadership efforts. Let’s explore her achievements and background in more detail.


Who is Venice Goodwine?


Venice Goodwine has over 30 years of experience in information technology for various sectors, including private industries, the military, and the government. She has honed expertise in leading IT organizations, shaping agency-wide strategies, and ensuring strong cybersecurity measures. 


Goodwine, a retired Airman, began her service in 1986 and retired in 2022 after a distinguished career that included roles in the Air Force Reserve and federal commission.


Venice Goodwine’s Wash100 Award in 2024


Venice Goodwine’s Wash100 Award in 2024
Photo by Airman 1st Class William Pugh/ U.S. Air Force/ DVIDS/ Public Domain


Venice Goodwine won her first Wash100 award for enterprise IT and innovation leadership. Her role in steering the Air Force’s IT investment strategy in emerging technologies earned her a well-deserved spot in the 2024 Wash100 roster. 


The highlights of Goodwine’s contributions include leading the Air Force’s transition to the enterprise cloud environment, Cloud One, and subsequent expansion to Cloud One Next. She strengthens cybersecurity through zero-trust frameworks.  


Moreover, Goodwine has established the innovation zone within the Air Force’s Office 365 environment for the U.S. Air Force. This has allowed Airmen and the U.S. Space Force guardians to safely experiment with generative AI technologies.


Venice Goodwine’s transition from managing a $208 million to a $17 billion portfolio


Venice Goodwine transitioned from managing a $208 million portfolio as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Department of Agriculture to overseeing a much larger $17 billion portfolio as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Air Force. 


This has been a significant change in her responsibility and management scale. At the Department of Agriculture, she focused on cybersecurity, while in her new role, she oversees cybersecurity, enterprise information technology, and artificial intelligence directorates for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force. 


Venice Goodwine’s expertise enabled her to transition from a focused cybersecurity role to a strategic IT leadership position, which modernizes and secures the U.S. military’s digital infrastructure.


Venice Goodwine as a Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of the Air Force


Venice Goodwine’s contributions as the Air Force’s CIO have centered around leading technological advancements, enhancing cybersecurity, and building a robust workforce to support the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force’s missions.


Talent management


Venice Goodwine has prioritized managing talented individuals, especially in the Cyber Excepted Service, to attract and keep skilled cyber workers. She has also highlighted the significance of having a prepared, skilled, and adaptable workforce. Goodwine has been developing ways for people to return to public service after working in the private sector.


Great power competition preparedness


Venice Goodwine’s plan has matched Secretary Kendall’s goal to ready the Air Force for major competition using advanced tech and data. She has emphasized key areas to boost tech for Airmen and guardians, aligning with the focus on decision advantage, efficient use of investments, strong cybersecurity, and a skilled workforce.


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Join the Potomac Officers Club’s Achieving Transformative Cooperation for National Defense Forum


The Air Force has 44 AI projects underway, aiming to be AI-ready by 2025 and AI-competitive by 2027. For instance, the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) uses AI to enhance combat decision-making. 


The Achieving Transformative Cooperation for National Defense Forum is gathering the top military leaders, defense experts, and policymakers to explore the future of Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control (CJADC2) and its implications on international security. The forum explores achieving seamless sensor-to-shooter connectivity on the battlefield through combined interoperability with global partners. 


Speakers will cover the nation’s strategic approach, promote resilience,  and address the increasing global competition.


  • Date: March 14, 2024 (Thursday)
  • Time: 7:00am – 11:15am (EST)
  • Venue: 2941 Restaurant, 2941 Fairview Park, Falls Church, Virginia 

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