January 24, 2012
U.S. Coast Guard CIO Shares Career Insights with AMP Students
Washington, DC. On Monday, January 23, 2012, 20 students were welcomed to the 44th Advanced Management Program (AMP) class by the National Defense University (NDU) iCollege faculty and staff in a convocation ceremony. Since 1990, over 1,400 people have graduated from the AMP, many going onto senior positions within the military, government, industry, and international organizations.
Mr. Russell E. Quirici, Dean of Students and Administration, gave the opening remarks. In his message, he told the students to “Appreciate the new relationships they form. Put to good use the information technology leadership and national security education they are about to receive -- both will serve you well.”
Dean Quirici then introduced guest speaker, Rear Admiral Robert E. Day, Jr., U.S. Coast Guard (USCG). Admiral Day manages the command, control, communications, computer and information technology, and cyber directive for the USCG. He shared his insights on the “crazy world of technology management” and told the students to use the “Black Art of Technology,” and their educational opportunities to be versatile, technology practitioners. “In this business, you’ve got to have a tough skin,” he said. He then explained his concept of “(C squared) cubed”, which he follows: “1) Constant Curiosity – seek to understand the business you are supporting and never stop learning; 2) Courageous Communications – see the capability through a tough situation, tell an employee they’re not up to snuff when they’re not, and courageously communicate with your boss; and 3) Certified Credibility – believe you are an important asset. Safeguard and protect. Work hard to support your peers and your subordinates. Do this…and I know all of you will have a significant impact on our Nation,” remarked Admiral Day, who has spent 30 years serving the USCG.
The 14-week AMP focuses on strategic leadership and best practices in the following areas: cyber security and cyber leadership, emerging technologies, enterprise architecture, process improvement, performance management, information assurance, IT, and policy. The graduate-level AMP curriculum core and elective courses also provide students with the option of earning certificates in the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO), or Government Strategic Leader (GSL) programs, and they can apply credits towards the Government Information Leadership (GIL) Master of Science Degree or transfer credits to one of approximately 40 of the NDU iCollege’s partner colleges and universities.
The “AMP 44” student body represents a cross-section of mid-to senior-level military officers and civilians from the Department of Defense (DoD), Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Transportation, Department of State, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Information Systems Agency, and students from the countries of Armenia, Saudi Arabia, Czech Republic, South Korea, and Taiwan.
A graduation ceremony for the AMP students will be held on Friday, April 27, 2012; and the AMP 45th class begins on Monday, September, 10, 2012. Applications are now being accepted for the AMP 45 program. Please visit the AMP information web page at: http://www.ndu.edu/icollege/pcs/pcs_amp.html for details.
About the College - The NDU iCollege, a U.S. Department of Defense educational institution, prepares leaders to direct the information component of national power by leveraging information and information technology for strategic advantage. Although most students come from DoD (military and civilians), the school also accepts federal agency, private sector, and international students into its graduate programs. Education is focused around CIO, CFO, Information Assurance/Cyber, Enterprise Architecture, IT Project Management, and other information leadership competencies. The NDU iCollege is also currently working with the U.S. Department of Education to obtain approval for its new Government Information Leader Master of Science Degree. Courses are completed on campus and/or online. For more information about the NDU iCollege’s programs, please contact: Jolly Sienda at firstname.lastname@example.org ; or for general information about the college, visit www.ndu.edu/icollege.
The National Defense University is the nation’s premier center for joint professional military education. The university is an accredited graduate-level institution that provides an educational and research environment to prepare future leaders of the armed forces and other civilian agencies for high-level policy, command, and staff responsibilities. For more information about the National Defense University, please contact: Dave Thomas, Public Affairs Officer, at 202-685-3140 or ThomasD2@ndu.edu; or visit www.ndu.edu.
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