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Kevin Mulvihill

Acting Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer,
Department of Defense

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Kevin Mulvihill is a career member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Acting DoD Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer.

In this capacity, he will assist the Acting CIO in advising the Secretary of Defense on Information Management / Information Technology (IT) and Information Assurance, as well as non-intelligence space systems; critical satellite communications, navigation, and timing programs; spectrum; and telecommunications matters. Mr Mulvihill will also lead engagement with the Defense Agencies and Field Activities CIOs and drive strategic resource planning across the IT and cybersecurity domains.

Prior to this position, Mr. Mulvihill served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, and Communications (DCIO(C3)). In this role, he provided strategic direction, policy guidance, and oversight to enable the Department to effectively define, prioritize, acquire, govern, manage, and implement C3 capabilities in support of DoD operations. As DCIO, Mr. Mulvihill provided policy and guidance to execute Principle Staff Assistant responsibilities for: spectrum; communications systems and networks; C2 and coalition information sharing capabilities; Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT); Tactical Network Management; Waveform Management; and Enterprise Mobility. His teams were responsible for the horizontal and vertical integration of operational level C2 and strategic command, control and communications, supporting joint and coalition concepts of operations.

Before taking on the duties of DCIO(C3), Mr. Mulvihill led modernization efforts for DoD Satellite Communications, data links and tactical communication capabilities in support of warfighter needs for the DoD CIO.

Additionally, Mr. Mulvihill served as the Net-Centric Capability Portfolio Manager, Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Chief Information Officer (CIO) Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, DC., where he directed integration efforts for all net-centric Air Force Space/C4ISR/Cyber warfighting capabilities. He provided wide-ranging leadership for managing and unifying the entire portfolio of Net-centric capabilities, Air Force-wide.

Mr. Mulvihill has held a variety of leadership positions in civilian and military arenas, focusing primarily on operations and requirements planning of DoD C2 systems at the tactical, operational, and strategic level of warfare. He began his government service career upon graduation from Lewis University in Joliet, Illinois, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Aviation Maintenance Management. He was commissioned and served in the United States Air Force in a variety of operational and staff positions, commanding an E-3 Sentry squadron and leading coalition Airborne Early Warning (AEW) operations. A combat veteran from Operation Desert Shield and Storm, he also commanded combat deployments for Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and conducted continuous 24/7 AEW air patrols after the events of 9/11 for Operation Noble Eagle from Tinker AFB OK. He started his military career in 1985 as part of the Peace Shield Program supporting the RSAF AEW in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and completed his final operational tour as Director, Cheyenne Mountain Command Center in 2009.

Kevin Mulvihill was awarded a Masters of Public Administration, from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma. His professional education includes graduating from Air Force Fighter Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama; Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia; and National Security Studies Seminar 8, Canadian Forces College, Toronto, Ontario Canada, APEX 48 and Harvard Kennedy School for Senior Executives in National and International Security Program (NIS) program.