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Paige Atkins
Director, Defense Spectrum Organization, DISA

Paige Atkins accepted the position of Director of the Defense Spectrum Organization (DSO), Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in September 2006. Ms Atkins is a member of the Senior Executive Service and a member of the DISA Corporate Board. She provides executive leadership to DoDís center of excellence for electromagnetic spectrum engineering and management, to include planning, policy development and implementation, electromagnetic environmental effects (E3), information systems, modeling and simulation, acquisition and operations support .

Ms. Atkins is responsible for comprehensive and integrated spectrum plans and long-term strategies to transform the Departmentís legacy spectrum management processes and capabilities to future net-centric operations. She supports the Secretary of Defense on national and international spectrum issues, spectrum coordination, and in the pursuit of emerging spectrum efficient technologies. She is responsible for providing direct support to the ASD (NII)/DoD CIO, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, and DoD components to enable effective and efficient use of the electromagnetic spectrum and control of electromagnetic environmental effects in support of national security and military objectives.

Prior to joining DISA Ms. Atkins was the Director, Advanced Network Systems at Cisco Systems; a member of the Scitor staff; an electromagnetic compatibility engineer at the Joint Spectrum Center; and a test engineer at Gould Inc.. Her broad experience within government and industry has prepared her well to address the challenges of efficiently and effectively managing the electromagnetic battlespace. Ms Atkins earned her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Va Tech) and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Administration from George Washington University.

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