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Check out InformationWeek's Government CIO 50, our power list of top government CIOs--ranging from the NSA's technology chief to innovators at the state and city government level. They've got vision, clout, and sometimes, billion-dollar IT budgets. But most of all, these CIOs are known for delivering tangible, measurable results. Here's an inside look at the government technology leaders and their approaches to unique IT leadership challenges.
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The agency credited with inventing the Internet, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, continues to pursue leading-edge technology innovations under director Regina Dugan.

DARPA is developing stealth Internet communications technology, military mobile networks, autonomous robots, a translation system that works under noisy conditions, "extreme-scale" computing prototypes, and technology for preventing insider threats. In an effort to understand online networks, DARPA also carried out a competition to find 10 red balloons that were scattered across around the country. Before becoming DARPA's director, Dugan co-founded investment firm Dugan Ventures, served as president and CEO of defense company RedXDefense, and participated in numerous government advisory boards on science. She earlier served as a special advisor to the Army's vice chief of staff and as a DARPA program manager. Dugan has a PhD in mechanical engineering from California Institute of Technology and holds several patents.

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