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During his famous Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln said that America is a nation “conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” He proceeded to question whether or not such a nation “can long endure.” The testing ground for such a nation, as he observed, was not in the halls of academia or before the high courts. Rather, Americans prove defend their nation’s existence on the field of battle.

Since the conception of America, the United States military has stood as a line of defense between the American people and those who would see this great land conquered. During World War 2, it was the American military that crumbled the fascist war machines of Europe. Even today in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops are fighting to rid the world of the disease that is radical militant Islam.

Edmund Burke once said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” The United States military is our nation’s promise to both ourselves and our neighbors that evil will never triumph.

The men and women who volunteer to stand downrange of enemy fire deserve our prayers.

Featured Member of the Armed Forces for Prayer

Terry Halvorsen, Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense

Terry Halvorsen holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Widener University, and a master’s degree in educational technology from the University of West Florida.  He has served as an Army intelligence officer in a variety of assignments, including Operations Just Cause and Desert Storm.

Halvorsen served as the Deputy Commander, Naval Network Warfare Command, and then as Deputy Commander of Navy Cyber Forces. He was the Acting Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, following a term as the Navy’s Chief Information Officer. He assumed the duties as the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer in March 2015.


Roughly 98 percent of the Defense Department’s cyber intrusions within the past year were due to simple mistakes from its employees, according to the principal director and deputy chief information officer for cybsersecurity at DoD. That review forced Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen to call on the services to go “back to the basics” of cyber-security and create a Cybersecurity Implementation Discipline Plan. The plan includes a scorecard which measures services’ progress on responding to ten common cyber vulnerabilities and incidents.

The issue of IT and cyber governance and accountability is one that the Office of Management and Budget has addressed in recent policy memos and updates. But the issue still needs more attention. The DoD is also beginning to change its broader tactics around security. The department’s initial focus centered on perimeter protection. But with 1.7 million end user services, the DoD realized that it needed to focus on securing the mobile space.