Students graduate with a mission
- By George I. Seffers
- Dec 10, 2000
The National Defense University's Information Resources Management College
handed out graduation certificates to 125 students on Dec. 8, the college's
largest-ever graduating class of information technology professionals.
Graduates came from all the military services, the Pentagon, other federal
agencies and industry. They included 84 completing the Chief Information
Officer Certification Program, 36 completing the Advanced Management Program
and five finishing the National Security Telecommunications and Information
Systems Security Instruction.
The growing number of graduates indicates the increasing dependence
on IT professionals within the federal government, according to Robert Childs,
the college's director. Childs said the federal CIO community is becoming
"a powerful force" within the government, and he challenged the students
to become leaders in their organizations.
Bill Piatt, a past graduate of the CIO program who is now the e-government
director for Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc., told the graduates that the
role of IT is not just mission support anymore.
"It is the mission," he
said. "The mission is materially affected by what is and is not possible
with [IT]. The mission cannot be developed without a clear understanding
of those possibilities and the trade-offs inherent in them."