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Name: Pollett, Carroll
Current Position: Former Director

President George W. Bush nominated U.S. Army Lieutenant General Carroll F. Pollett in September 2008 to be director of the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) in the Department of Defense after the Senate refused to confirm Bush’s first choice for the job, Rear Admiral Elizabeth Hight, because her husband, retired Air Force Gen. Gary Salisbury, was a vice-president of business development and sales at defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

In addition to leading DISA, Pollett was commander of the Joint Task Force—Global Network Operations, overseeing the operation and defense of the Global Information Grid enterprise that supports the military’s war-fighting, intelligence and business missions, until that unit was deactivated on September 7, 2010.
Pollett was commissioned through the Infantry Officer Candidate School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern College and holds master’s degrees in business administration from Central Michigan University and in national resource strategy from National Defense University.
Some of Pollett’s previous assignments and commands include serving as commander of the 123rd Signal Battalion, 3d Infantry Division (Mechanized); action officer in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans in Washington, DC; director of Joint and Army Current Operations, Office of the Director of Information Systems for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems; commander/deputy chief of staff, G-6, 3rd Signal Brigade, III Corps, at Fort Hood, Texas; division chief of Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems, J-6, The Joint Staff; and commander/principal director of operations for the DISA (2002-2003).
His more high-ranking commands were serving as commanding general of the 5th Signal Command and deputy chief of staff of the U.S. Army Europe and Seventh Army in Germany; commanding general of the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command/9th Signal Command (NETCOM) at Fort Huachuca in Arizona from 2005 to 2008. As NETCOM commanding general, Pollett initiated the creation of a memorial wall to honor soldiers and civilians who died while supporting signal operations during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Known as the Cove of Remembrance, it is located inside the entrance of Greely Hall at Fort Huachuca.
He served briefly as chief of staff of Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, just prior to being nominated to head DISA.
Pollett and his wife, Dayna, have two sons, Derek and Brian.
Official Biography (Defense Information Systems Agency)
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