Rear Admiral Robert E. Day Jr., United States Coast Guard (retired) was the Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers & Information Technology, Chief Information Officer, and Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command from July 2009 until July 2014. During his 34 year career, he held a broad range of communications and information technology leadership positions responsible for acquiring, operating, and maintaining the myriad of advanced capabilities used by the Coast Guard to execute their extensive missions. Rear Admiral Day holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunications Systems Management the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is currently the Prinicipal at Bob Day and Associates LLC.
June 2014 to Present. Principal, Bob Day & Associates LLC. Providing Cyber and Technology consulting services to Public/Private Sector organizations. Executive Director for Commonwealth of Virginia Cyber Commission established by Executive Order 8.
May 09 to June 2014. Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (C4IT), Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Commander, Coast Guard Cyber Command. Provides Coast Guard enterprise wide strategic direction for 2800 personnel, $750M annual budget, and $7B capital plant providing C4IT services for global Coast Guard mission execution and administration. Scope of initiatives completed include developing strategy to meet Federal data center consolidation objectives, leveraging mobile technologies to enhance mission execution, and significant advancement of CG Cyber defense posture as Department of Defense (DOD) Certified Network Defense Service Provider and leveraging DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation initiatives. Significant results obtained through collaboration and coordination with senior technology leaders within Department of Homeland Security (DHS), DOD, U.S. Cyber Command, and industry. Leadership and Professional Development Chairman on U. S. Coast Guard Academy Board of Trustees.
July 07 to May 09. Deputy Commander and Commander, Maintenance & Logistics Command (MLC) Pacific. Led 1800 person logistics organization providing engineering (naval, civil, electronics), human resources (medical, administration, and housing), finance, and legal services to CG units throughout the Pacific Rim. Key Pacific architect and transition leader for largest logistics organization transformation ever undertaken in the Coast Guard; successes achieved and confidence generated resulted in Pacific Area Commander recommendation to assume MLC Commander Flag position. Resolved numerous challenging personnel and legal situations. Head of U.S Delegation for North Pacific Coast Guard Forum meeting (Canada, China, S Korea, Japan, and Russia maritime forum).
July 02 to July 07. Chief, Command, Control, & Communications Division, Pacific Area. Responsible for strategic direction, administration, and mission accomplishment of 275 technical personnel providing telecommunication and Command and Control services to 18,000 CG personnel throughout the Pacific Rim. Services range from traditional radio services to satellite based IP networks and critical Command and Control/Intelligence systems serving cutters, aircraft, and land based stations. Led staff and units to leverage existing technologies to establish new communication and situational awareness capabilities (Military Satellite Communications, Secret Internet Protocol Routing (SIPR) chat, and Common Operational Picture) in advance of CG programs of record; new capabilities significantly enhanced operational performance.
July 99 to June 2002. Commanding Officer, Electronics Support Unit Boston, MA. Commanded the CG’s largest Electronic Support Unit. Responsible for strategic direction, administration, and productivity of 175 Coast Guard technical personnel providing end-user and maintenance support for 3000+ Windows NT workstations/associated networks, $500M+ electronics and telecommunications equipment, and $2M annual budget. Implemented Intranet based centralized computer Help Desk significantly improving overall end-user support while enhancing field support operations; Help Desk strategy and metrics became blueprint for CG wide implementation. Managed all CG IT and telecommunications responses to crisis situations such as JFK Jr. and Egypt Air 900 air disasters and massive response to 9-11 events/Homeland Defense initiatives; ensured resources needed by field operations unit was in place before requested.
Education and Credentials:
Master of Science, Telecommunications Systems Management with Distinction
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. June 1988
Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering
U. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT. May 1980
Current TS/SCI Clearance with Counterintelligence Polygraph
Executive Board Affiliate, National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
completed “From the Battlefield to Boardroom” course March 2014
Member of Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) since 1985
2014 AFCEA Rockwell Award (AFCEAN of the Year, Domestic)
Federal Computer Week 2014 Federal 100 Award Winner
CIO Magazine CIO 100 Award Winner 2000 and 2001