As president of Metis Solutions, Mike provides corporate leadership and strategic vision for a growing defense contracting firm that serves U.S. government and corporate customers worldwide. Mike is also a co-founder and partner at Askari Associates.

Prior to joining the private sector, Mike served as a special advisor to Vice President Cheney and represented the Vice President’s office during President Bush’s Strategic Review of U.S. policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan. Prior to his time in the White House, Mike worked for the Department of Defense in roles shaping policy in Afghanistan and counternarcotics strategies.

In parallel with his civilian policy work, Mike commanded a U.S. Army Special Forces unit with multiple deployments to Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Mike is a nonresident senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and regularly provides expert commentary on counter-terrorism and regional issues for FOX News, CNN, BBC World News, PBS Frontline and the Voice of America. He also founded the Sumar Ghul Foundation which cares for the families of fallen Afghan National Army soldiers. He is the author of a recently released book, Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan.