Defense CISO Richard Hale to retire

Defense Chief Information Security Officer Richard Hale is retiring from government.


Defense CISO Richard Hale is retiring from government.

Hale will leave the department Nov. 26 after more than 37 years of federal service, according to a statement from the office of the DOD CIO. He served for more than five years as department’s deputy CIO for cybersecurity and CISO.

In Hale’s roles he was “responsible for ensuring the department has a well defined and well executed cyber security program, and is responsible for coordinating cyber security standards, policies and procedures with other federal agencies, coalition partners and industry.”


In the past he also served as the chief information assurance executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency.

In that role his responsibilities included “development of DOD-wide cybersecurity standards, development and operation of the department’s shared cyber defenses, development of DOD’s overall layered defense approach and the hardening and defense of the DISA managed part of the DOD’s information infrastructure.”

He also worked at the Naval Research Laboratory from 1981 to 1998.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter awarded Hale the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award earlier this month.

Richard Hale also received a FedScoop 50 Federal Leadership Award in 2013.

Samantha Ehlinger

Written by Samantha Ehlinger

Samantha Ehlinger is a technology reporter for FedScoop. Her work has appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and several McClatchy papers, including Miami Herald and The State. She was a part of a McClatchy investigative team for the “Irradiated” project on nuclear worker conditions, which won a McClatchy President’s Award. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University. Contact Samantha via email at, or follow her on Twitter at @samehlinger. Subscribe to the Daily Scoop for stories like this in your inbox every morning by signing up here:

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