Updated: May 22nd, 2020
Mission: The College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) at the National Defense University (NDU) prepares its graduates to lead national security institutions and advance global security in the information environment.
Vision: CIC is the premier senior national security educational institution focused on the information environment. CIC is the desired educator of leaders who perform national and military actions within the cyberspace domain using the information instrument of national power.
Our school was originally established in 1964 as the Department of Defense Computer Institute (DODCI) and joined the relatively new NDU in the 1980s. DODCI transitioned to become the Information Resources Management College (IRMC) in 1988, later known for its robust distance education programs as the “iCollege”. The legendary Grace Hopper
was an instructor at our College and was a proponent
of it. In 2016, IRMC was renamed by Congress to its current name to reflect the prioritization of today’s challenges related to information and cyberspace. As it has done since its founding, the CIC is continuously updating its curriculum, organization, relationships, and activities to meet the needs of the nation.The last CIC Chancellor was Retired Admiral Janice Hamby, former Joint Staff J6 and Deputy DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO), and departed in 2018. The current Acting Chancellor and Acting Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs is Dr. Cassandra C. Lewis.
CIC is known for its thought leadership, prestigious educational experience, close cooperation with senior public and private sector partners, and hosting events of national strategic importance. It is our nation’s only strategically oriented and thoroughly joint (i.e. all military services) graduate institution focused on information and cyberspace, earning it the nickname “our nation’s information and cyberspace war college”. Our faculty is comprised of numerous world-class experts with terminal degrees and practitioners, including senior military officers and visiting chairs from partner organizations. Past instructors include the legendary Admiral Grace Hopper and the current Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Cyber Policy Tom Wingfield. CIC is currently organized into four departments; Cyber Studies, Joint Professional Military Education (the War College program), Leadership and Strategy, and Chief Financial Officer (the CFO Academy).
CIC is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and includes both unclassified as well as TS-SCI classified courses. The MS in Government Information Leadership (GIL) is a 36 credit hour degree with a variety of concentrations including National Security and Cyberspace Studies, Cyber Leadership, Cyber Security, Chief Information Officer, Chief Financial Officer, IT Program Management, and Data Analytics. Graduate Certificates are also available in each of the concentration areas. Courses are offered both in-person, online, and hybrid. The National Security and Cyberspace Studies concentration is the JPME Level II (War College) program (and was formerly referred to as the SJSS or School of Joint Strategic Studies).
Students: We currently have hundreds of students that come from diverse organizations including the US military (US Cyber Command, Marine Corps, etc.), the interagency (DHS, IC, etc.), ally and partner nations (FVEY, NATO, and others), and the private sector. We have many thousands of alumni that are senior leaders in the national security, diplomatic, intelligence, and technology communities. Admissions: https://cic.ndu.edu/students/admissions/.