Marines’ Crall takes DOD cyber adviser role; Bible in as acting CIO

Crall is taking the spot left empty by Maj. Gen. Burke “Ed” Wilson, who Defense Secretary Jim Mattis appointed as his right-hand man on cyber policy.
Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall, left, stands during his promotion ceremony at the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 10, 2015. (Commandant of the Marine Corps / Flickr)

Brig. Gen. Dennis Crall is leaving his position as Marine Corps CIO to serve in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as principal deputy cyber adviser at the Pentagon, a spokesperson told FedScoop.

Crall is taking the spot left empty by Maj. Gen. Burke “Ed” Wilson, who Defense Secretary Jim Mattis last week appointed as his right-hand man on cybersecurity issues — deputy assistant secretary for cyber policy. Crall’s first day in the role is Friday, Feb. 9.

According to DOD, Crall’s position is “the primary advisor to integrate and oversee the development of all DoD cyber capabilities, activities and policy, as well as provides senior military perspective on cyber policies, strategies and plans which guide DoD efforts in cyberspace.” Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of Defense for homeland defense and global security, serves as principal cyber adviser.

Ken Bible, a civilian currently serving as the Marines’ deputy CIO, is set take over as acting CIO of the corps in Crall’s absence.


Crall has served as CIO — more formally known as the director of command, control, communications and computers for Marine Corps Headquarters — since July 2015. In that role, he’s focused largely on bringing next-gen information warfare capabilities to Marines and improving the Corps’ network under a constrained budget. 

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