People like Duncan McCaskill are allowing Americans to sleep easier. This is because he currently serves as the Department of the Navy's acting Chief Data Officer and Chief Analytics Officer. In this capacity, McCaskill oversees the management, governance and exploitation of data and analysis across the entire span of U.S. Naval missions and functions. Leveraging his insights in data and analytics, he also serves as a senior advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, the Under Secretary of the Navy and the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer. More broadly, as CDO and CAO, McCaskill drives both technological and cultural change in the Department of the Navy (DON) and the Department of Defense (DOD).
A well-regarded expert in the field of data science, McCaskill serves as the program owner for Jupiter. This is the DON's enterprise data environment, which is a technical implementation of the government organization's data architecture—and the largest mission space within the DOD CDAO Advana Platform. As the executive steward of the DON Data Community of Practice and Excellence, McCaskill is responsible for promoting the continual growth of the DON’s data and analytics labor pool.
Meanwhile, as CAO for the DON, McCaskill manages exploitation of all DON data across every echelon. In doing so, he helps democratize and federate the analytics needed to support a full range of DON missions and functions.
Prior to joining the DON, McCaskill spent over two decades in the private sector, providing subject matter expertise to clients across the defense and intelligence communities.
He began his career in 1998 as an analyst at SAIC. Later he served as a deputy program manager for ManTech, where he supported a DOD task force. By 2006 he was an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was responsible for developing IT strategies for the DOD.
He continued to work with the DOD in senior leadership positions at companies like Newbrook Solutions, ATSI, LinQuest, Cleared Solutions and most recently greymatter.io, where he served as the customer success executive.
McCaskill holds degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Georgia. On top of his work with the U.S. Navy, he is currently pursuing a doctorate in information science at the University of Alabama.