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About the director

Dr. David S. AlbertsDr. David S. Alberts serves as the Director of the CCRP as part of a DoD task to the Institute for Defense Analyses, a Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC). Prior to this he was the Director, Research in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense / Networks and Information Integration (OASD/NII) previously the ASD(C3I). Previously he held the position of Director, Advanced Concepts, Technologies, and Information Strategies (ACTIS), Deputy Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies, and the executive agent for DoD's Command and Control Research Program. This included responsibility for the Center for Advanced Concepts and Technology (ACT) and the School of Information Warfare and Strategy (SIWS) at the National Defense University. He had more than 25 years of experience developing and introducing leading edge technology into Private and Public Sector organizations. This extensive applied experience was augmented by a distinguished academic career in Computer Science and Operations Research and Government service in senior policy and management positions.

Dr. Alberts' publications include a number of books: The Agility Advantage: A Survival Guide for Complex Enterprises and Endeavors, Planning: Complex Endeavors, Understanding Command and Control, Power to the Edge, Information Age Transformation, Understanding Information Age Warfare, Network Centric Warfare, Unintended Consequences of Information Age Technologies, Command Arrangements for Peace Operations, and Defensive Information Warfare. He has also led international teams, one of which a NATO Research Group that has recently produced the NATO SAS-085 Final Report on C2 Agility that was selected to receive the 2014 NATO Scientific Achievement Award. Previous NATO groups led by Dr. Alberts have produced the C2 Maturity Model, the C2 Conceptual Reference Model, the NATO Code of Best Practice for C2 Assessment and the Code of Best Practice for Experimentation. He was focused on improving the agility of organizations and systems and issues related to Cybersecurity.

Past honors include the Secretary of Defense's Outstanding Public Service Award, Aviation Week and Space Technology's Government/Military Laurel, and the inaugural NCW Award for Best Contribution to the Theory of NCW presented by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement (IDGA).

Dr. Alberts' experience includes serving as a CEO for a high-technology firm specializing in the design and development of large, state-of-the-art computer systems (including expert, investigative, intelligence, information, and command and control systems) in both government and industry. Rising from Group Leader to Technical Director at a Federal Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC), Dr. Alberts has also managed organizations engaged in research and analysis of C4ISR systems focusing on their technical performance as well as their contributions to operational missions. Dr. Alberts had policy responsibility for corporate computer and telecommunications capabilities, facilities, and experimental laboratories. His responsibilities also included management of research aimed at enhancing the usefulness of systems, extending their productive life, and the development of improved methods for evaluating the contributions that systems make to organizational functions. Dr. Alberts frequently contributed to Government task forces and workshops on systems acquisition, command and control, and systems evaluation.

Dr. Alberts' academic career includes serving as first Director of the Computer Science Program at NYU and he had held professional rank posts at NYU Graduate School of Business, CUNY, and as a Research Professor at George Mason University. He had chaired numerous international and national conferences and symposia and many publications, some of which were included in tutorials given by the IEEE and other professional societies. He served as an officer in a number of professional societies and actively contributed to AIAA, MORS, TIMS, AFCEA, and ORSA. At the local level, Dr. Alberts also served as Assistant to the Commissioner, NYPD. Dr. Alberts received a Doctorate in Operations Research and a Masters from the University of Pennsylvania. His undergraduate work was at City College of New York where he received a BA in Statistics.