Information Resources Management College

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Information Resources Management College - NDU iCollege
Motto The global hub for educating, informing, and connecting today's Information Age leaders.
Established February 24, 1983
Type Government institution
Academic staff
Postgraduates 1700
Location United States Washington, D.C.
Campus Fort Lesly J. McNair
Colors red, white, and blue

The National Defense University Information Resources Management College (NDU iCollege) is a U.S. Department of Defense graduate school working to inform leaders of the United States from the government and the private sector. A unit of the National Defense University (NDU), it is located at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. As a trusted voice in the information resource management community,[1] the NDU iCollege is recognized for its excellent graduate-level programs, faculty, and services that provide a strategic advantage for today’s military and civilian leaders in the United States Department of Defense and across government. The Chancellor of the NDU iCollege, Robert Childs, provides strategic direction and vision for all faculty, staff, and students. He is dual-hatted and also serves as the Deputy NDU President for Cyber and Information. The Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs, Mary McCully, oversees faculty, curriculum, and instruction. The Dean of Students and Administration, Russell Quirici, oversees operational support for the College.


In 1976, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the National War College were brought into one joint educational institution when the National Defense University became a historic pooling of the defense community's intellectual resources. They were joined in 1981 by JFSC and in 1982 by the Department of Defense Computer Institute (DODCI). In 1988, DODCI was re-established and changed and became what is now the Information Resources Management College, commonly referred to as the iCollege (after a 2008 rebranding).[2]


The National Defense University Information Resources Management College (NDU iCollege) prepares military and civilian leaders to optimize information technology management and secure information dominance within cyberspace.


Courses at the NDU iCollege are free for DOD military and civilians and also open to federal agency students, U.S. private sector students, and international students, although non-DOD students must pay tuition. Courses are offered in residence at Fort McNair and online through the college's Distributed Learning (DL) program.

The NDU iCollege offers several different graduate certificate programs and a Master of Science Degree. They are:
- Government Information Leader Master of Science Degree
- Chief Financial Officer(CFO) Leadership Certificate
- Government Strategic Leader Certificate
- Advanced Management Program (AMP)
- Chief Information Officer (CIO) Certificate
- Enterprise Architecture (EA) Certificates
- Cyber Security Certificate, formerly Information Assurance (IA) Program
- Cyber Leadership Certificate
- Information Technology Project and Program Management Certificates
- Professional Development

In addition to facilitating learning through courses and programs, the NDU iCollege responds to workforce learning needs of government organizations in areas corresponding with faculty competence. If agencies and other government organizations request tailored workshops, expert perspectives, and practical advice that aligns with the core competencies of the College and the courses offered, faculty may be deployed to work with agencies on a case-by-case basis.[3]
NDU iCollege faculty members have backgrounds in the private sector, civilian government and defense, and academe, contributing a rich combination of experience and theory that enhances our learning environment. Although by mission the College is primarily a teaching college, faculty are active in many intellectual communities because scholarship is concomitant to good teaching.

Information and Cyber Labs[edit]

The NDU iCollege laboratories (iLabs) provide adaptable and customizable immersive learning environments designed to enhance iCollege learning outcomes, reproduce real-world scenarios, and provide a venue for innovative uses of emerging technologies to educate military and civilian senior leaders. The iLabs provide experiential, adult learning through flexible and mobile courses and workshops across the globe.

Cyber-Security Attack/Defend, and SCADA/Infrastructure Protection Labs: As a NSA-designated Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, the iCollege operates two cyber security labs addressing threats to information systems. The Cyber Attack/Defend Lab provides an environment to examine computer and network defense through exercises in intrusion techniques, mitigation, and forensics. The Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Lab simulates realistic exploits and protections of various industrial control systems, such as electrical, oil, gas, water, and transportation grids.

Crisis Management and Gaming/Simulation Lab: This lab enables students to experience crisis situations (e.g., dirty bomb attack, bridge explosion, etc.) and role play with other students to determine how the crisis should be managed. Professors take students through various scenarios to prepare them for stressful decision making environments. In the same lab, individuals and groups can experiment with distributed asynchronous/synchronous gaming and simulation events while providing both physical and virtual spaces. Infrastructure capable of displaying multiple real-time, simulated, and a mixture of data feeds is designed to reproduce global scenarios. The lab provides a unique hands-on environment for faculty and students to experience, test, explore, and research technological and pedagogical advancements.

Ci Center, or Center for Innovation: The newest iCollege lab is an “instructional ecosystem” that uses cutting-edge technologies, flexibly integrates the latest physical and technical elements, and enables access to multiple learning environments. It facilitates instructional methodologies and strategies that take advantage of “anywhere-anytime” capabilities. This is a unique and highly customizable instructional space that offers a complete range of physical and virtual interactions designed to facilitate learning across various realities.

Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds[edit]

The Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds is a group of federal government employees - sponsored by the NDU iCollege - that is contractors interested in exploring the use of virtual worlds in government, sharing best practices and policies, creating shared repositories, and networking[.[4] In the last few years, it has grown to over 200 agencies and over 3000 members. The Consortium hosts an annual conference at NDU each May.


- 2012 Recognition:

  • Elearning! 100 Award for Innovation (iCollege elearning and labs)
  • Association of Old Crows, the Electronic Warfare and Information Operations, Distinguished Service Award, Dan Kuehl
  • DoD CIO Award for exceptional academic achievement, 13th International Cyber Defense Workshop, Russ Mattern and Stan Boddie

- 2011 Recognition:

  • Federal 100 Award from Federal Computer Week, Dr. Robert Childs
  • AFCEA Meritorious Service Award for Excellence in IT, Patty Coopersmith
  • Educator Award from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), Ricardo Aguilera and Gary Maupin
  • DoD CIO Award for exceptional academic achievement, 12th International Cyber Defense Workshop, Gil Duvall, John Saunders, John Hurley

- 2010 Recognition:

  • Federal 100 Award from Federal Computer Week, Dr. Robert Childs
  • Finalist, eLearning Age Awards, Excellence in Online Learning Content, Dr. Cathy Downes for MAC course
  • Government Information Security Leadership Awards (GISLAs), Mark Duke for AII class
  • AFFIRM Awards, Leadership in Service to the Government IT Community
  • Finalist, Women in Technology Awards/Government, Dr. Paulette Robinson

- 2000-2009 Recognition:

  • Excellence in IT Award from AFCEA
  • Eagle Award from Federal Government Distance Learning Association
  • Intergovernmental Solutions/Management of Change Award (finalist), American Council for Technology
  • Rising Star Award from 1105 Government Information Group
  • Finalist, SC Magazine Awards, Best Professional Certificate Programs
  • Best Practice Awards in Corporate/College Partnerships from CUX
  • Tele-work in the Federal Government Leadership Award
  • Golden Link Award for partnering with industry from AFCEA
  • Excellence in Corporate Education Award from London Financial Times


  1. ^ NDU (2011). "Academic Partners". Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  2. ^ NDU (2007). "History of the National Defense University". Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  3. ^ NDU (2007). "Programs,Courses, and Services". Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  4. ^ NDU (2007). "Federal Consortium For Virtual Worlds". Retrieved 2008-07-17.