Fact Sheet

Updated: 19 APR 2021
Mission: CIC educates joint warfighters and national security leaders in order to lead and advise national security institutions and advance global security within the cyberspace domain and through the use of the information instrument of national power.

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.
History: Our school was originally established in 1964 as the Department of Defense (DoD) 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.

About: 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” or simply "the cyber 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 two departments; the Department of Information Strategy and Disruptive Technology and the Department of Cyber Strategy and Infrastructure. The CIC curriculum is designed to prioritize the needs of the DoD Cyberspace Workforce in coordination with the DoD CIO (and other stakeholders like US Cyber Command) and in accordance with DoD Directive 8140.01 (updated 2017).

Graduate Education: The National Defense University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104, (267) 284-5000. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The initial accreditation of the university was granted in 1997. CIC is within the scope of National Defense University’s accreditation by the MSCHE and includes both unclassified as well as TS-SCI classified courses. 

The MS in Government Information Leadership (GIL) is a 36 credit hour degree, currently with a concentration in National Security and Cyberspace Studies. We also offer graduate certificates in Cyber Leadership, Cyber Security, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), IT Program Management, and Data Analytics. Courses are offered both in-person, online, and hybrid. A 10-month full-time centrally-selected version of our MS program confers Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase II (War College / Senior Service College) credit for US military officers.

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/.