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Mike brings 20 years of military and senior government official expertise as a Green Beret Commander and a policy advisor in the Bush White House and Pentagon. This is coupled with his corporate expertise as a Chief Executive Officer, a best-selling author, and a media commentator.
He is currently the CEO of Metis Solutions and Co-Founder & Partner of Askari Associates, where he provides corporate leadership for two growing enterprises that provide strategy, intelligence, and operational support to US government customers worldwide. METIS has been recognized the past three years by INC Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America.
Mike previously served as a Senior Advisor and Policy Director for South Asia and Counterterrorism in the Bush White House and Pentagon. Mike has served as a Special Forces officer in various capacities on active and reserve duty the U.S. Army with multiple tours in Afghanistan and other locals across Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
He is the author of Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan and was a contributor to Drone Wars: Transforming Conflict, Law, and Policy. Warrior Diplomat was endorsed by former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and was named to the U.S. Special Operations Command Commander’s 2016 reading list. Net proceeds from book sales are donated to the Green Beret Foundation.
As a FOX News Contributor, “Michael Waltz brings a unique blend of expertise as a special forces operator and policy-maker” according to Bret Baier, Anchor of Special Report. Mike has previously provided commentary on national security issues to CNN, BBC, and PBS. He is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Mike serves on the Strategic Advisory Board of Parsons Federal, a $3B international government services firm. He also founded the Sumar Ghul Foundation, which cares for the families of fallen Afghan National Army Soldiers.
Mike is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Virginia Military Institute.