What is the College of Information and Cyberspace (US)?


The National Defence University College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) (formerly the Information Resources Management College (IRMC) or NDU iCollege, and the DoD Computer Institute) is a US Department of Defence graduate school that provides information and cyberspace focused education for national security leaders of the United States and beyond.


A component of the National Defence University (NDU), it is located at Fort McNair, Washington, DC. NDU CIC is recognised for its excellent graduate-level programmes, faculty, and services that provide a strategic advantage for today’s military and civilian leaders in the United States Department of Defence and across government. The NDU CIC’s Chancellor provides strategic direction and vision for all faculty, staff, and students.

Brief History

In 1976, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the National War College were brought into one joint educational institution when the NDU became a historic pooling of the defence community’s intellectual resources. They were joined in 1981 by the Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) and in 1982 by the Department of Defence Computer Institute (DODCI). DODCI was established originally in 1964. In 1988, DODCI was re-established and changed to the Information Resources Management College (IRMC) and then was rebranded as the iCollege in 2008. Over the last 25+ years, the NDU CIC has expanded its programmes and offerings for all of government and has developed robust online and in-person academic programmes. The 2017 renaming to the current College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC) reflects the evolving understanding and employment of information as a Joint warfighting function and cyberspace as its own warfighting domain.

Notable people associated with CIC include Admiral Grace Hopper (who served as an instructor and advocate of the school), the current Acting DoD CISO Mr. Mark Hakun (a graduate of the CIC’s CISO programme), and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence (DASD) for Cyber Policy Thomas Wingfield (who served as a Dean and Acting Chancellor of CIC).

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