Robert Carey

Vice President Cybersecurity, Cloud and Unified Capabilities Solutions
General Dynamics Information Technology

Mr. Robert J. Carey currently holds the position of Vice President – Cybersecurity, Cloud, and Unified Capabilities Solutions within the Global Solutions Division of General Dynamics Information Technology.  He is responsible for developing and delivering cybersecurity, cloud and UC offerings to clients within the Department of Defense. Prior to this role, he worked for CSC and Vencore leading operational business units supporting the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. He retired from the Department of Defense in March 2014 after over 31 years of distinguished public service to the Nation.  His last assignment was a 3 ½ year tour as the DoD Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer where he championed the transformation to the Joint Information Environment, enterprise software licenses, strengthened cybersecurity, and acceleration of mobile solutions for the warfighter.    

Mr. Carey’s Federal service began with the U.S. Army at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD in October 1982, where he worked as a Test Director evaluating small arms. He began his service with the Department of the Navy in February 1985 with the Naval Sea Systems Command where he worked in the Anti-Submarine/Undersea Warfare domain serving in a variety of engineering and leadership positions.  He transitioned into the office of the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO) in early 2000, where he spearheaded the adoption of eBusiness, deployed the initial 55,000 Common Access Cards, and championed higher cybersecurity standards. He was selected to the Senior Executive Service as the Deputy CIO in 2003 and later served as the fifth DON CIO from November 2006 to September 2010 where he again championed cybersecurity, IT transformation, enterprise services, and use of the internet as a mission catalyst.

Mr. Carey holds a BS in Engineering (1982) from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Engineering Management (1995) from the George Washington University.  He has been awarded the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award (twice) as well as the Superior and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.  He received the prestigious Federal 100 Award in 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2012 recognizing his significant contributions to Federal information technology.  He was selected to the InformationWeek Top 50 Government CIOs in 2009, 2010, and 2011.  Mr. Carey was named the Defense Executive of the Year for 2009 by Government Computer News.  He also received the AFFIRM Executive Leadership Award – Defense for 2011 and the FedScoop 50 Federal IT Leadership Award in 2012.

A native of West Chester, PA, Mr. Carey retired from the United States Navy Reserve at the rank of CAPTAIN in the Civil Engineer Corps.  He was recalled to active duty for Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom where, in 2006-2007, he served in the Al Anbar province with I Marine Expeditionary Force. 

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