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Professor Gunderson is a Research Associate Professor of Information Science at the Naval Post Graduate School. He is on a special assignment in Reston, VA sponsored by the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) to establish a Netcentric Certification Office (NCO). The NCO will link distributed DoD laboratories in partnership with industry to create a public/private e-Business portal for delivery of government certified “net-ready” software products and services.

Prior to this assignment, Professor Gunderson managed an initiative sponsored by Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) to create the World Wide Consortium for the Grid (W2COG), a global network of collaborative experts committed to rapidly fielding netcentric tools.

Professor Gunderson retired from the US Navy in October 2004 as a Captain following 27 years’ service.

His last assignment in the Navy was as Commanding Officer of Fleet Numerical Oceanographic & Meteorological Center, a super computer network operation center in Monterey, Calif. Prior to that assignment Professor Gunderson served as Deputy Oceanographer of the Navy, and helped develop DoD policy for enhancing information system interoperability. He holds a BS from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MS (with honors) from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is a Fellow of the American Meteorology Society.

At the end of my 27 year Naval career I found myself with two passions: Enthusiasm for the  potential of “information superiority”  as a game changer in favor of the Good Guys and Frustration  at us Good Guys’ inability to get out of our own way when it comes to acquiring and applying technology to give us the “information edge”.

So... these days I have three tasks:

  • Maintain a network of similarly passionate experts from government and industry
  • Figure out why a few Internet projects like iPhone, eBay, FACEBOOK, LINUX, etc suceed phenomenally, while most similar attempts fail mundanely
  • Co-opt the government bureaucracy to sonsume my lessons learned about successful distributive, collaborative, e-Biz "best practices" in spite of itself.


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