Currently the Associate Director for the Policy, Legislation, and Multilateral Team of the Office of International Affairs, Mike supervises a team of attorneys and support personnel in addressing complex policy issues involving national security matters, DOJ participation in multi-national organizations targeting transnational organized crime, support of international anticorruption efforts, treaty negotiations, foreign counterpart training and legal assistance cooperation, and cyber/technology issues, and serves as OIA's counterterrorism coordinator. He is also the leader of OIA's Strategic Initiatives Group, which focuses on anticipaitng, analyzing, and assessing significant international criminal law enforcement issues in support of the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for International Affairs and the Director of OIA, to promote a clear understanding of major challenges and facilitate well-considered strategic decision making.
Prior to OIA, Mike worked in the Office of Intelligence, a component of the DOJ's National Security Division, where his responsibilities involved representing the U.S. Government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain authorization for sensitive intelligence operations involving national security, terrorism and counterintelligence issues. In 2009 Mike served as a staff member with the Special Interagency Task Force on Detention Policy. Established by President Obama and charged with the mission of identifying lawful options for the detention, trial, transfer, release, or other disposition of individuals captured during armed conflicts or counterterrorism operations, the task force examined a number of complex national and international security issues.
Before attending law school Mike served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps for over 26 years, achieving the rank of Colonel. With almost eight years of overseas service, his worldwide assignments included numerous leadership positions involving multi-national and interagency operations in such places as Lebanon, Grenada, Somalia and Liberia. A graduate of the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, Mike was subsequently assigned to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where he chaired an international committee responsible for the development of NATO-wide maritime operations agreements. He also led the NATO Standardization Agency's negotiations with Russian Federation representatives in efforts to develop a NATO-Russia agreement for Search and Rescue at Sea.