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Mr. Les Benito

Director of Operations

Cloud Computing Program Office

“At the end of the day, if it doesn’t meet the user’s needs and fill their capability gaps, it is not a successful project.”

Mr. Les Benito is and currently serves as the Director of Operations for the Cloud Computing Program Office (CCPO) in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Information System Agency, where he leads cloud capability development and delivery, including for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud program. In 2020, Mr. Benito served as the CCPO team lead for the rapid, Department-wide deployment of the Commercial Virtual Remote environment in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 health emergency; the largest Microsoft Teams deployment ever, servicing over 1.1 million DoD users.  

Prior to this role, Mr. Benito served as the Director of Public Web for the Defense Media Activity. In this role, he ran the Public Web program for DoD, which included 680 of DoD's public websites that are still used as primary communication tools by the Secretary of Defense, military service secretaries, and commanders around the world. With over 4.5 million visitors per week, these DoD sites continue to be some of the most popular government sites on the Internet. Mr. Benito was also DoD representative on the Federal Web Manager's Council, an interagency group of senior federal government web managers who collaborate to share common challenges, ideas, best practices, and ways to improve the online delivery of U.S. Government information and services.