Jan. 9, 2018: Jay Gibson has been appointed as the Chairman of the Cloud Executive Steering Group (CESG) at the U.S. Department of Defense. Gibson succeeds Ellen Lord, the Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. Lord has been the CESG Chairman since its inception on Sept 13, 2017. Gibson is the Defense Department’s Deputy Chief Management Officer. Bob Daigle, the Defense Department’s Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, and Essye Miller, the Defense Department’s Acting Chief Information Officer, have also been appointed as CESG Members. Will Roper, the Director of the Defense Department’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO), Raj Shah, the Managing Partner of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, Chris Lynch, the Director of the Defense Digital Service (DDS) and Joshua Marcuse, the Executive Director of the Defense Innovation Board, have been appointed to continue as CESG Members. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan gave no details about his reasons for altering the panel’s composition and leadership, writing only that the CESG “has made great progress towards making commercial cloud services available to the department” and that the changes were deemed necessary because the project is approaching the “critical acquisition phase.” Shanahan’s September, 2017, memo establishing CESG had tasked it with leading a two-phase plan to speed up the Defense Department’s transition to commercial cloud services, starting with a full-and-open procurement for a “modem enterprise cloud services solution.” Lynch’s DDS will continue to lead that effort.