Bob Shields is vice president for national security and intelligence at ECS. In this role, he leads 300 staff members and is responsible for the company’s machine learning and artificial intelligence programs. Mr. Shields oversees counterterrorism programs of importance to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Secretary of Defense, the armed services, and the combatant commands. Previously, as a Department of Defense (DoD) executive, he led organizations in addressing national security problems. As an Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, he developed Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations (ACTDs) to counter suicide bombing and to support early counter-IED efforts, urban operations, directed energy systems, unmanned surface vessels, blue force tracking, and combat identification.
His leadership of the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) for joint experimentation in support of the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, as deputy legislative assistant for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his management of the Director of National Intelligence Research and Development Experimental Collaboration (RDEC) program, give him extensive experience working with the United States Congress, federal agencies, industry, academia, and allies. Mr. Shields also completed a career in the United States Navy that was recognized by both houses of Congress. He has significant air warfare (AAW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experience as evidenced by his command of USS VICKSBURG (CG-69) and USS O’BANNON (DD-987).
Mr. Shields has a Bachelor of Science with distinction from the United States Naval Academy (USNA) and a Master of Science with distinction in engineering acoustics from the Naval Postgraduate School.