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Daniel Holtzman, Authorizing Official - Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office
Department of Defense

Mr. Holtzman is the Authorizing Official (AO) for the Department of Defense (DOD) Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO). Mr. Holtzman’s scope of responsibility spans all CDAO and CDAO related efforts across the DOD. In addition, Mr. Holtzman is the Authorizing Official for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Maintenance System portfolio (e.g., Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS), Operational Data Integrated Network (ODIN)). In his Previous assignment Mr. Holtzman was appointed as the first Air Force Highly Qualified Expert (HQE), Cyber Technical Director, serving as an internationally recognized authority in the areas of cyber security, program protection planning, security engineering, supply chain risk management, mission and system assurance and resiliency. As the Air Force Cyber Security Engineering and Resilience Senior Leader his responsibilities include technical authority for security engineering, cyber resiliency and systems and mission assurance; engineering resilient systems; and defensive security engineering.

Mr. Holtzman was appointed as the Authorizing Official for all Air Force Command and Control Information Technology and Rapid Cyber Acquisition IT systems and capabilities. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Holtzman had served as the Air Force Chief Engineer for a joint U.S. and NATO aircraft modernization program and a USAF aircraft modernization program, successfully navigating two production decision milestones and served as an appointed program Executive Officer Anti-Tamper Lead.

Mr. Holtzman has 38 years of experience leading change in large scale systems engineering and weapon systems acquisitions in support of the U.S. Department of Defense, NATO, Private/Public Industry and Non- Profit Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC). He has participated on numerous senior study group teams at the Office of Secretary of Defense level, including studies conducted by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has been recruited for a Chief Information Officer assignment at a publicly traded company and was appointed as the first Highly Qualified Expert (HQE) for Cyber by the USAF. He has participated in technology development, research, and adaption to military systems acquisitions. Mr. Holtzman has received over 40 letters of commendation and appreciation for his service to date. Mr. Holtzman is also a Graduate of the MITRE Leadership Development and LeadFirst Leadership programs, and the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education program – the Intersection of Technology and Policy.

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