Dr. Robert Hickey


After having three different official titiles, Dr. Robert A. Hickey, prefers to go by Rob.  Formerly a staff officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Rob led the national effort to conduct the cyber vulnerability assessments on commercial aircraft for the Department of Homeland Security/Science and Technology (DHS/S&T), Cyber Security Division.  In his previous role as the Deputy Director of the Air Domain Intelligence Integration Element (ADIIE) an element of the Director of National Intelligence, he collaborated with partners at all levels of government, both domestic and international, and the private sector to help address the complex intelligence integration and information exchange needs of the aviation domain.

He joined the intelligence community (IC) in 2006 as one of the first Program Managers in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) Chief Information Office (CIO). He quickly advanced to the position of CIO Deputy Chief of Staff. He has held various other positions within the ODNI as the Chief of Staff and Acting Deputy Director of the National Intelligence University; Program Manager, Information Technology and Cyber Security for the National Counter Intelligence Executive/Special Security Directorate; and the Chief of Staff for the ODNI/Deputy Director Intelligence Integration/Mission Integration Division. Additionally, Colonel Hickey served 28 years of commissioned service in the Active Duty Air Force, US Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard. Rob was recalled to Active Duty in 2003-2004 to serve as the AF Headquarters, Pentagon, Future Total Force Initiative Division Chief. He retired from the military in 2006 as the Director of Strategic Planning (J-5) and the Director of Training (J-7) for the Maryland National Guard Joint Forces Headquarters. Furthermore, after leaving active duty in 1986, Rob joined American Airlines as a pilot and after a 21-year career; American Airlines Captain Hickey retired in 2008. In various aircraft cockpits for almost 26 years, Rob has amassed more than 9000 flying hours, flown as Pilot in Command or First Officer on nine different aircraft from the Air Force T-37 and A-10 to American Airlines MD-88 and MD-11 airliners. Rob is an Air Force Command Pilot and holds a type rating in both the MD-88 and the MD-11.

Dr. Hickey holds a Doctorate Degree in Management with a focus on information systems technology and has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Stratford University and East Coast Polytechnic Institute University both in the Greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. His research focused primarily on information systems security training effectiveness within federal government agencies. Rob holds an MA in Political Science, International affairs from Oklahoma State University, and is a 1978 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy.

Rob is married to the Honorable (Brigadier General, USAF, Ret) Allison Hickey, Class of 1980 USAFA. They have three children, three- and one-half grandchildren and live in Virginia.