The U.S. Army has named David Markowitz as its new chief data officer (CDO). Markowitz, who started in the position this week, replaces Greg Garcia.

Garcia, who served as both the CDO and deputy CIO, continues as the service branch’s acting CIO as the Army looks to replace former CIO Lt. Gen. Bruce Crawford, who retired in August.

In his new role, Markowitz will support the Army’s mission of multi-domain operations (MDO). Ret. Lt. Gen. Norman Seip, the Air Force senior mentor for Multi-Domain Command and Control, explained the goal of MDO operations is to “create complex, simultaneous dilemmas at once for the enemy.”

Markowitz will also be tasked with working with his counterparts in other military branches to enable the Combined Joint All-Domain Command and Control. As part of the initiative, each of the military’s six branches would connect sensors, shooters, and command nodes in a “mesh network” that would allow commanders more options and the ability to act faster, according to an Army press release.

Markowitz previously served as assistant deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Army’s G-8 office. In that role, he supported the Chief of Staff in a variety of areas, including Army future growth through programming, material requirements, strategic defense reviews, and studies and analyses. Prior to that role, he served as technical director at the U.S. Army’s G-8 office.

Markowitz is a graduate of Harvard University with AB and AM degrees in mathematics. He also holds a Doctorate of Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During his lengthy military career, he has worked with the Department of State Political-Military Bureau’s Office of Weapons Proliferation; the U.S. Army Research, Development, and Engineering Center at Natick, Mass.; and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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