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Robert D. Childs Col. (Ret.) Robert D. Childs

President of iCLEARllc, former Chancellor; National defense University iCollege

 

DR. ROBERT D. CHILDS,

former Chancellor National Defense University iCollege and Deputy to the President for Cyber and Information, is now President and CEO of iCLEAR (International Cyber Leadership Education and Resources. Childs underlying belief is that 'only' through building a strong foundational and structural framework of governance, policy, architecture and law can the appropriate strategies and tools be put in place to build a sound cyber defense. Over 70 percent of cyber strategies fail because leadership throws money at solutions versus sound thoughtout planning. For the past decade, Chancellor Robert D. Childs led NDU's iCollege. Under his visionary leadership, the college became the international leader in providing graduate-level certificates, educational services, and learning experiences in "Cyber leadership education", Information Assurance, Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer,eGovernment, Chief Financial Officer, IT Project Management, and strategic leader competencies for government employees; and was designated as a "National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance Education." In 2010 Dr. Childs completed a three-year effort, with the support of his outstanding faculty and staff, to gain approval from the U.S. Department of Education for the college's new Government Information Leader Master of Science Degree. During his tenure, the college - and its staff members - have earned numerous awards while becoming one of the leading educational institutions [in America]. Furthermore, his strategic vision morphed the NDU iCollege into "The Global Hub for educating, informing, and connecting Information Age Leaders." In 2008 Childs established the Chief Financial Officer Academy to introduce CFO's to thinking strategically about use of IT and the growing cyber threat environment. Earlier Childs guided an effort to help Romania establish a CIO Academy and help Estonia in development of its cyber center.

Setting the strategic course for the NDU iCollege, Chancellor Childs significantly increased the reach and impact of his organization 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, National University of Singapore, 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, including Australia, Brazil, Sweden, United Emirates, New Zealand, Switzerland, Romania, Singapore, Bulgaria, Japan, Iraq, Taiwan, South Korea and China. His positive interactions with these organizations and governments impacted their strategic use of information, information technology, information assurance, organizational models, cyber security, and educational programs. Dr. Childs created a unique learning environment at the college by combining resident and "on-line" learning into a highly regarded hybrid learning model. His college pioneered such learning techniques including interactive cyber labs, crisis management and scada labs as well as a highly interactive creativity and innovation center. The college use of virtual worlds and demonstrations of various learning technologies and techniques is known worldwide. For an unprecedented five years (2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, & 2011) 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 International Award for Excellence in Information Technology, and in 2010 the Association for Federal Information Resource Management Award for "Leadership in Service to the Government IT Community". The Bethesda AFCEA Chapter recognized Dr. Childs in 2010 with the Excellence Award for "Human Capital and Workforce Government Wide Initiatives. He serves, and has served, on a number of Committees and Boards: AFCEA Board of Directors, 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 Executive Committee, Strategic Planning Committee and Technology Committee; Executive Leadership Conference Planning Committee; the eGovernment Program Advisory Board; and the National Defense University Executive Committee.

In 2013 Dr Childs was the sole inductee into the prestigious Government Computer News Hall of Fame Past Assignments and Accomplishments include: Chief, Instructor Training, School of Applied Aerospace Science Director, Associations and Institutions of Higher Education, Community College of the Air Force. Director, Precommissioning and Higher Education Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy. Director of Plans and Program Analysis, Air Command and Staff College. Commandant, Air Force Systems Command Noncommissioned Officers Academy and Leadership School. Senior Research Fellow, National Defense University. Director, Air Force Leadership and Motivation Branch, AF HQ, Pentagon. Director, Academic Plans and Policy, National Defense University. Selected for an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship. Bachelor of Science (Grove City College), Master of Arts (Duke University), Doctorate (Denver University), Post Doctoral work Duke Fuqua School of Business. Graduate, National War College, Air War College,Air Command and Staff College and National Security Management Program His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), two organization commendation awards, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal w/1 Bronze Star, and Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. Civilian Awards include the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 'Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award"