Lt Col Kevin Childs


Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Childs, representing the US Air Force, was a National Security Affairs Fellow for the 2018–19 academic year at the Hoover Institution.

Childs is a cyberspace operations officer with prior enlisted service as an electronic warfare technician. He is from Lakeland, Florida.

He came to Hoover after a one‐year tour in Afghanistan commanding the 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron at Bagram Airfield. He has operational experience in the Asia‐Pacific and Middle East regions leading air, space, and cyberspace organizations. From 2015–16, he was the executive officer to the commander, Pacific Air Forces and Joint Forces Air Component Commander at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. From 2009–12, he was assigned to the White House Communications Agency and was President Barack Obama’s military communications officer.

He is a 2000 graduate of North Carolina State University’s Computer Science Department and holds a master’s degree in information management from Webster University. His academic interests include cyberspace, artificial intelligence, machine learning, innovation, and national security.

His research at the Hoover Institution focused on cybersecurity.

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Lasting Lessons From The Beaches Of Normandy

by Col Timothy "Papa" Murphy, Lt Col Kevin Childsvia The Hill
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Late in the evening on June 5, 1944, U.K. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ominously told his wife before they went to sleep, “Do you realize that by the time you wake up in the morning twenty thousand men may have been killed?”

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Tech in the Trenches

by Amy Zegart, Lt Col Kevin Childsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Silicon Valley has shown a remarkable indifference to national defense, depriving the Pentagon of both brains and technological brawn.


The Divide Between Silicon Valley And Washington Is A National-Security Threat

by Amy Zegart, Lt Col Kevin Childsvia The Atlantic
Thursday, December 13, 2018

Closing the gap between technology leaders and policy makers will require a radically different approach from the defense establishment.