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Make Data Work
Sept 29–Oct 1, 2015 • New York, NY

Data science for mission

Doug Wolfe (CIA)
8:50am–9:00am Thursday, 10/01/2015
Location: Javits North
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The mission statement of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), “We are the nation’s first line of defense. We accomplish what others cannot accomplish and go where others cannot go,” underscores the unique nature of the work being done by intelligence officers, including data scientists.

Data scientists at CIA have extensive problem sets, interesting restrictions, and a laser focus on the discovery of critical pieces of information that have far-reaching implications. In his ten-minute keynote, CIA Chief Information Officer Douglas Wolfe discusses how data science is a true team sport, and how the rapid evolution of this field continually improves the impact of the CIA mission.

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Doug Wolfe


Doug Wolfe was selected to serve as CIO of the CIA in 2013. In his role, he oversees the agency information technology vision and strategic direction, and is an advisor to the intelligence community CIO. Prior, he served as deputy director for acquisition, technology, and facilities at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Wolfe joined the CIA in 1984. He worked for 16 years as a part of the CIA component in the National Reconnaissance Office, and was involved in the launch and operations of multiple satellite systems. He partnered with the aerospace industry to develop new technologies and innovative collection concepts. Wolfe’s next assignments were in the directorate of science and technology, working in an office responsible for inventing new sources and methods. He was then assigned as the deputy director, leading and managing the development and operation of multiple innovative access systems. As deputy CIO, Wolfe worked to connect mission systems and enterprise information technologies. Prior to joining the CIA, Wolfe worked at Rocketdyne on the space shuttle’s main engine program. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in system engineering from Virginia Tech.