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Michael H. Decker
Decker in Iraq Sept 15, 2004
5th Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight
Assumed office
September, 2009
President Barack Obama
Secretary Robert Gates
Preceded by William Dugan

Michael H. Decker is the current Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight. a position he has held since September 2009. Before that he served as Assistant Director of Intelligence, United States Marine Corps.

Early life and education[]

Decker obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and later earned his Master of Arts in Government/National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College.[1]

Military career[]

Decker was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and served as an infantry platoon commander during operations to the Mediterranean Sea. He later deployed as an assistant battalion operations officer to Beirut, Lebanon as part of the Multinational Force in Lebanon in 1982. After returning to the United States, Decker served as an infantry company commander and later as assistant operations officer for an expeditionary unit in Honduras. Reassigned to Headquarters, United States Marine Corps, Decker served as the Marine Corps Security Force/Marine Security Guard policy and program officer.[1]

Decker next served as an intelligence officer with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Western Pacific and later as a Marine Expeditionary Force production/analysis officer in an all-source fusion center, where he coordinated all intelligence aspects of Marine participation in Central Command theater contingency planning and exercises.[1]

Decker deployed to Saudi Arabia as a senior intelligence analyst, supervising enemy order of battle analysis and coordinating political analysis and theater intelligence liaison for Marine Forces Central Command during the Gulf War. Decker was medically retired in 1991.[1]


Decker's military decorations include:

Personal life[]

Decker is married and has two sons.[1]

Decker is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at Georgetown University


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