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Kenneth J. Garofalo

Lead, IPv6 Virtual Program Management Office
Defense Information Systems Agency


Kenneth J. Garofalo established and leads Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) virtual Program Management Office (vPMO), situated in the Infrastructure Directorate (IE). The vPMO reports to the Department of Defense (DoD) IPv6 Working Group Lead, DOD Chief Information Officer (CIO), DOD Information Network (DODIN) Modernization Directorate. The vPMO comprises eight functional Integrated Project Teams (IPTs) whose part-time membership comes from the Department of Defense Components, These IPTs perform the day-to-day execution for IPv6 Requirements, Network Engineering, Cybersecurity, Network Management, Test, Training, Implementation, and Operations for the DoD.

Mr. Garofalo joined DISA in January 2011 as the Deputy Chief, Network Services Capability Center (NS2) followed by Deputy Chief, Defense Information System Network (DISN) Program Management Office (NSP). Prior to his current assignment, Mr.Garofalo served as the Chief, Mission Support Division (IE6).

Mr. Garofalo, a native of Providence, Rhode Island, graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and received his commission in the United States Air Force. While serving, he earned a Master of Engineering Management from Northeastern University, and a Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University.

His military service began at the Electronic Systems Division, as a Tactical Communications Officer working primarily COMSEC and TEMPEST R&D. As a Captain, he moved to the National Security Agency, and worked on the development and production of tactical cryptographic devices. He then moved to Air Force Systems Command where he served as a Systems Officer for tactical communications, including a tri-service joint tactical communications program in development and production, and secure anti-jam radios. As a Major, he attended the Program Manager’s Course at Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, where he received a Level III Certification in Program Management, as an Acquisition Officer. Next, he went to the Air Staff at the Pentagon, working Congressional Activities, including building the Air Force Posture Statement on RDT&E and Procurement Program budget requests, and supporting the DCS RD&A during hearings by the four Defense Committees, and subcommittees. As a Lt. Colonel, he transferred to a major Air Force contractor plant where he led in-plant program management activities for all the military Services’ development and production programs at the plant. He was elevated to the position of the Deputy Commander, where he oversaw contracting, engineering, manufacturing, production, logistics, and quality assurance performance, as well as assessing the overall plant performance and efficiency. Returning to the Pentagon as a Military Assistant to the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, he participated in streamlining the acquisition organization and its processes. Promoted to Colonel, he moved to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, as a Military Assistant to the Director for Trade Security Policy, from which he retired. Mr. Garofalo’s military career spanned 25 Years.

Following his military service, Mr. Garofalo, a Program Manager at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), led a contractor team of technical experts engaged in Flight Testing the five MDA Major Defense Acquisition Programs. Moving to the Navy Enterprise Research Planning Program, Mr. Garofalo led the contractor Acquisition Team to Milestone C and Full Deployment Decision, until he came to DISA in 2011.


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