Rear Adm. Jan Hamby
iCollege, National Defense University
Until she retired from the U.S. Navy 2 1/2 years ago, Rear Adm. Jan Hamby oversaw a rarefied IT and cybersecurity world within the Pentagon that few get to know. Her experience directing global operations at Naval Network Warfare Command and, later, Command Control Systems at U.S. Northern Command, among other assignments, led to advisory positions with the Joint Chief of Staffs and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, most recently as deputy CIO for Command, Control, Communications and Computers and Information Infrastructure Capabilities.
Hamby is now putting that experience to work as chancellor of National Defense University’s iCollege, where she was appointed last October to help reinvigorate the college’s cyberspace operations curriculum and certification programs for the roughly 1,900 mid-career leaders enrolled in the college.
“These are middle-level leaders who going to become the next senior leaders or advisers to senior leaders,” mostly within in the U.S. military, but also at coalition partners and private industry, she said. The goal, working with the schools’ 50 faculty members, is to help “shape and develop strategies for how we do business in cyberspace.” That covers “a spectrum” of technologies, she stressed.
I’m not in love with technology. I love what we can do with technology.
Hamby said the most rewarding thing for her as a leader is having an impact on others – and “see them have an impact beyond what you can do yourself.”
“I’m not in love with technology,” she said plainly. “I love what we can do with technology. I really love working with people and seeing how they can grow.”
She also said, “I can’t stand seeing the status quo. I’ve never been happy with things not happening.”
Her philosophy for her life can be best be summed up in a quote she includes on her personal Gmail account from American author Og Mandino: “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.”
– Wyatt Kash