Robert Childs, Director of the iCollege at the National Defense University

January 18, 2010

Among other topics, Robert discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy

  • The necessity to prepare leaders to leverage information technology for strategic advantage
  • The careful balance between information sharing and security when it comes to IT in the military
  • How IT has changed the dynamics of warfare
  • The way in which the iCollege has diverged from the path of a typical educational institution in order to more aptly serve it’s unique set of students of senior military and government personnel
  • The importance of cloud computing and how it is changing the face of IT
  • The direction of IT’s developing role in the government and military

Robert Childs’s Biography

Dr. Robert D. Childs is the Senior Director of the iCollege at the National Defense University. Under his leadership the college has become the international leader in providing graduate-level educational services and learning experiences in Information Assurance, Chief Information Officer, “E” Government, and strategic leader competencies to government employees; and was designated as a “National Center of Excellence in Information Assurance Education.” The college has earned numerous awards while becoming recognized as one of the leading corporate universities in America during Bob’s tenure.

Setting the vision and strategic direction for the College, Bob significantly increased the college’s reach and impact by actively collaborating with government, private sector, and international leaders to establish dynamic programs, relationships, and partnerships. He has worked with such diverse groups as the London School of Economics, Royal Defence College, Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA), Decision Sciences Institute, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Industry Advisory Council/American Council for Technology, Google, IBM, Cisco, General Dynamics, VMWare, TIBCO, Corporate University Xchange, various government agencies (FAA, EPA, GAO and OPM), and international governments (Australia, Sweden, New Zealand, Switzerland, Romania, Singapore, Bulgaria, Japan, Iraq, Taiwan, South Korea and China) regarding the strategic use of information, information technology, information assurance, organizational models, cyber security, and building educational programs.

Bob also serves, and has served, on a number of Committees and Boards: Industry Advisory Council/ American Council on Technology Program Committees; the American Council on Education’s Council of Fellows; Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies Board of Visitors; The Information Resource Management Association Board of Advisors and International Curriculum Committee; AFCEA Technology Committee; Executive Leadership Conference Planning Committee; and the eGovernment Program Advisory Board. In 2001, 2002, and 2009 he was recognized as a “Federal 100 Award” recipient for leadership in providing educational services enabling government to better serve its citizens. In 2009 he received the AFCEA Award for Excellence in Information Technology.

Bob’s past positions include:

Chief, Instructor Training, at the School of Applied Aerospace Sciences-Denver, Colorado.
Director, Associations and Institutions of Higher Education.
Director, Precommissioning Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy.
Director of Plans and Program Analysis at the Air Command and Staff College.
Commandant, Air Force Systems Command Noncommissioned Officers Academy and Leadership School.
Senior Research Fellow at National Defense University.
Director of the Air Force Leadership and Motivation Branch.
Director of Academic Plans and Policy, National Defense University.

Bob has a Bachelor of Science from Grove City College, a Master of Arts from Duke University, and a Doctorate from Denver University. He is also a graduate of the National War College and Air Command and Staff College.


The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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