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New Army CIO wants to trade bureaucracy for speedier modernization

August 17, 2023

Colin Demarest

Defense News

By Colin Demarest, Defense News / August 17, 2023

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Leonel Garciga, the U.S. Army’s new chief information officer, is known as a “bureaucracy hacker” in some circles.

With such a moniker, indicating his dislike for red tape, come expectations. And one month into the role, he indicated he’s ready to sidestep outdated or unwieldy policy for much-needed modernization.

“We’ve got to move fast, right? We have to be able to adapt. We cannot be stuck with the bureaucracy,” Garciga said at the AFCEA TechNet Augusta conference in Georgia on Aug. 16. “I live for people telling me why I can’t do something that’s written down, or that I’m already allowed to do, because of an interpretation.”