Mr. Robert J. Carey serves as the Department of Defense Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer. Selected to this position in October 2010, his main focus is to help lead the consolidation and standardization of the Defense information technology enterprise while strengthening its cybersecurity posture and the enterprise architecture. His additional focus is to align, strengthen and manage the office of the DoD Chief Information Officer to have it better serve the Department’s mission and help lead the IT/Cyber workforce into the 21st century.
From November 2006 to September 2010, he served as the fifth Department of the Navy (DON) Chief Information Officer (CIO) where he championed transformation, enterprise services, the use of the internet, and information security. Mr. Carey joined the staff of the DON CIO in February 2000, serving as the DON CIO eBusiness Team Leader through June 2003. During this period, he also served as the Director of the DON Smart Card Office from February through September 2001. Mr. Carey entered the Senior Executive Service in June 2003 as the DON Deputy Chief Information Officer and was responsible for leading the DON CIO staff to achieve IM/IT enterprise integration across the Navy & Marine Corps.
Mr. Carey's Federal service began with the U.S. Army at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in October 1982, where he worked as a Test Director evaluating small arms, automatic weapons and ammunition. He began his service with the Department of the Navy in February 1985 with the Naval Sea Systems Command. He worked in the Anti-Submarine/Undersea Warfare domain where he served in a variety of engineering and leadership positions.
Mr. Carey earned a BS in Engineering in 1982 from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Engineering Management from the George Washington University in 1995. 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, and 2009, 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, and he also received the prestigious Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) Executive Leadership Award - Defense for 2011.
A native of West Chester, PA, Mr. Carey is an active member of the United States Navy Reserve and currently holds 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.