Dr. Robert Mikelskas

About Dr. Robert Mikelskas:

Dr. Robert A. Mikelskas is a creative strategist who builds and sustains strategic relationships with customers and vendors across industries. He is an IT technologist, systems engineer and problem-solver. He is currently doing consulting in cyber security, systems engineering, systems acquisition, and technology evaluation, development, and transition, and is a Research Professor in the International Cyber Center at George Mason University.

Dr. Mikelskas was Chief Information Officer for The MITRE Corporation until his retirement from MITRE in 2010. He established the corporation’s knowledge management and information technology strategy and has built strong strategic relationships with information technology companies and government CIO’s. Using his background in matching technology supplier capabilities with government needs, he developed a strategy for utilizing MITRE’s IT infrastructure as a testbed for commercially available technology solutions to MITRE’s customers’ problems, including establishing a Cyber Security Operations Center focused on advanced cyber threats. He also led the design, development and operation of MITRE’s enterprise intranet, knowledge management and IT systems. 

While at MITRE, Dr. Mikelskas managed and contributed technically to a wide variety of programs for the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and other national security organizations. He served as Vice President for MITRE’s Center for Integrated Intelligence Systems (CIIS) where he developed the strategy for the Center, established relationships with customers and partners, and oversaw the execution of programs in advanced intelligence and information systems. These programs support many national security agencies. 

Prior to joining MITRE, Dr. Mikelskas worked at General Electric Corporation in the GE Information Services Company, where he was responsible for the information security of a globally distributed network and information system. He was also an adjunct faculty member of the G.W. Whiting School of Engineering of the Johns Hopkins University, where he taught graduate courses in computer science.

At the request of the director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), Dr. Mikelskas served as a member of the NIMA Forum, an advisory group looking into the future of imagery exploitation. He also served on a Future Imagery Architecture Independent Review Team for the Department of Defense. He was a member of the Intelligence Community’s Measurement and Signatures Intelligence Technology Advisory Panel. Dr. Mikelskas participated in the Overhauling Counterproliferation Workshops sponsored by the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration of Stanford and Harvard Universities. He was a member of a senior review group that provided recommendations on the future strategy for the sharing of intelligence information among NATO member countries. He was a member of the 2007 Defense Science Board Summer Study Panel on the future of war. 

He has participated in the Board of Directors of the Object Management Group and is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, the National Military Intelligence Association, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the IEEE Computer Society. 

Dr. Mikelskas graduated magna cum laude from Fairfield University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He earned a doctorate in computer science from the Pennsylvania State University.