Dr. George Duchak is the Chief Information Officer for the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). He was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Command, Control, Communications, Cyber & Business Systems (C3CB). Prior to becoming a DASD, he was the founding Director of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) in Mountain View, CA, where he served as a conduit between leading edge Silicon Valley innovators and the Department of Defense. Prior to that, he led the Air Force's and nation's premier research organization for command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) and cyber technologies as the Director of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Information Directorate, Rome, NY. There, he was selected as the Federal Laboratory Director of the Year from over 300 federal lab directors. He is also a former DARPA Program Manager where he conceived of, developed, and transitioned to the services a portfolio of programs in the broad area of C4I and Cyber. He was a private sector entrepreneur and businessman with more than a decade of private industry experience starting several companies that served the US Government by providing technical consultancy or product. His private sector experience was software product focused principally in the area of intelligence exploitation using crowd sourcing techniques, big data analytics and cloud services well before industry in general and DoD began to move in this direction. Finally, and most importantly, he is a retired naval officer.
Dr. Duchak is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, The Ohio State University, George Mason University and University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business earning degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Avionics, Aeronautical Engineering, Public Policy, and Business Administration. He completed the Program Management Course at the Defense Acquisition University and is a certified level 1 in Program Management as well as Systems Engineering, and level 2 in Test & Evaluation and Budgeting. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and has completed the Carnegie Mellon University Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) course and Harvard’s Information Security course. He is a senior fellow Auburn University’s McCrary Center for Cyber Security, a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Cyber Security Committee, and a current board member of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Cybersecurity Subcommittee. Dr. Duchak is married to Sonya Milley, Esq., an attorney, and they have two grown children, Alexander and Tatiana.