Dec 03 2008

Part 2: USAF CIO on hiatus, or what?

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Readers will recall I critiqued USAF CIO Lt. General Michael Peterson in August for letting his website grow stagnant at a time when USAF desperately wanted to codify a DoD-centric cyberspace mission. This CIO, more than anyone else, should have used his website to hawk his agency’s cyberspace prowess. And yet the other military CIOs put him to shame with their updated content.

Why did USAF’s CIO finally update his stag­nant web­site with five civilian news­paper stories?

Peterson let his official website rot on the vine for a half-year. Go figure.

Well! His subordinates finally got around to updating the website in early October. What, pray tell, did the USAF CIO choose to highlight? Answer: five civilian newspaper articles. They were:

USAF's CIO finally updated his stagnant website ... with reprints of civilian newspaper articles

USAF's CIO finally updated his stagnant website ... with reprints of civilian newspaper articles

Did USAF’s CIO obtain the reprint rights? Or is this a blatant copy­right violation?

Peterson’s update left me scratching my head. “Why,” I wondered, “did USAF’s CIO choose to reprint five civilian news items?” You’ll find “public affairs officers” assigned at every air base around the globe who routinely issue press releases on Air Force information technology. Peterson could have chosen to highlight any or all of these recent organic stories:

The long stagnation of Peterson’s website leads me to wonder if he actually bothered to obtain the rights to reprint all those stories. I guess I’ll have to write a letter asking him to confirm or deny my suspicions. Stay tuned for an update to this column…


Update 8 Dec 08: Peterson spoke at an AFCEA conference last week where he announced his intention to retire. “That may have something to do with his focus, or lack of, on the web site,” a SecurityCritics.org reader noted…

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