Mr. Craig E. Kaucher, a Defense Intelligence Senior Level executive, assumed the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO), Defense Security Service (DSS) in March 2015. As CIO he is responsible for the technological infrastructure, key information technology support services, and day-to-day administration of technical government personnel plus support contractors in execution of the DSS mission.
Prior to joining DSS, Mr. Kaucher served as the first Chief Information and Technology Officer for the Defense Media Activity (DMA), where his focus areas and priorities were to improve the standardization and effectiveness of the technology architecture across DMA, improve and create more efficient technology acquisition practices, and to strengthen the information security posture of the organization.
From June 2004 to June 2009, he served as the Director for Information Sharing and Knowledge Management, and CIO in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security. He was the founding government employee of this Division and of the CIO function in this organization. In his tenure with DHS, he developed or contributed to many significant programs and initiatives, to include the Department's Information Sharing Program, the Joint Program Management Office for National Security Systems, and the Chief Information Security Officer program for National Security Systems. He also initiated a strategic program management office for Intelligence Enterprise Solutions to modernize data management, analytic tools, and production and dissemination capabilities for the DHS intelligence enterprise. He led the development and deployment of an innovative information sharing system connecting over 60 state and local law enforcement and homeland security organizations with nearly a dozen federal agencies and organizations in a secure and highly trustworthy manner.
Mr. Kaucher is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, and his final assignment was as the Professor of Information Operations in the Information Operations and Technology Department, Information Resources Management College, National Defense University, where he taught in the NSA/DHS certified Information Assurance certificate program, as well as in the DOD CIO certificate program, and the Advanced Management Program. He began his military career in 1983 as an Army Signal Corps officer and has served in a variety of assignments from the tactical to the strategic level. Mr. Kaucher became an Information Systems Management officer in 1994 and was assigned to the Directorate for Intelligence J2, Joint Staff, and the Defense Intelligence Agency as a software development project manager. His earlier assignments include many leadership positions, with responsibility for the operation of strategic information systems supporting global national security operations.
He holds a bachelor of arts degree in Communications from Temple University, and a master of science degree in Software Engineering Administration from Central Michigan University. He also holds the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Certificate and the Information Systems Security Professional Certificate from National Defense University. Mr. Kaucher has also completed post-graduate studies in Information Systems, focusing on information assurance, at Nova Southeastern University. He has given numerous presentations at major conferences, served as a subject matter expert and advisor to several national-level activities, and written for peer-reviewed publications.