Leslie Beavers

Defense Leadership

After beginning her career as an intelligence officer in the United States Air Force and serving in various roles before retiring as a reserve brigadier general with the Joint Staff J2, Leslie Beavers was named in May 2023 as the principal deputy CIO for the Department of Defense, working to support the priorities of CIO John Sherman. In this role as the Pentagon’s No. 2 IT official, Beavers leads engagement with the defense agencies and field activities CIOs and drives strategic resource planning across the IT and cybersecurity domains. She’s also been instrumental in leading the DOD’s work to improve user experience of digital tools for warfighters. Beavers has over 15 years of experience in the private sector working in the entertainment, healthcare, and oil and gas industries.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. Prior to joining Scoop News Group in early 2014, Billy embedded himself in Washington, DC's tech startup scene for a year as a tech reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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