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Michael H Decker

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President  Barack Obama
Preceded by  William Dugan

President  George W. Bush
Name  Michael Decker
Michael H. Decker
Secretary  Robert M. Gates Leon Panetta Chuck Hagel
Preceded by  MajGen Michael E. Ennis, USMC
Succeeded by  MajGen Richard M. Lake, USMC
Education  Georgetown University, National Intelligence University, University of Notre Dame

Michael H. Decker was the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight. from September 2009 to February 2014. Before that he was Assistant Director of Intelligence, Marine Corps Intelligence, United States Marine Corps.


Early life and education

Decker obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree 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 degree in sStrategic intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College.

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. In 1982, he was deployed as an assistant battalion operations officer to Beirut, Lebanon, as part of the Multinational Force in Lebanon. 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.

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 co-ordinated all intelligence aspects of marine participation in Central Command theater contingency planning and exercises.

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


Decker is the director, Marine Forces Programs, at the RAND Corporation.

Awards and decorations

Decker's awards include:

  •   National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal
  •   Defense Intelligence Director's Award
  • Distinguished and Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards
  • Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • Decker's military decorations include:

  •   Bronze Star
  •   Meritorious Service Medal
  •   Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal
  • Personal life

    Decker is married and has two sons.

    Decker is an adjunct associate professor in the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University.


  • Decker, Michael H; "USMC Intel: 1994-2008", MCIA Inc INTSUM; autumn 2014; vol. XXVI, issue 1
  • Decker, Michael H; "Assessing the Intelligence Effort", Marine Corps Gazette; vol. 75, no. 9 (September 1991), p. 22
  • Decker, Michael H; "The MAGTF and Low-Intensity Conflict", Marine Corps Gazette; vol. 72, no. 3 (March 1988), p. 45
  • Decker, Michael H; Batts, Christopher B.; "Marine Corps Counterintelligence Support to the Warfighter, Past, Present and Future", American Intelligence Journal; vol. 20, no. 1&2 (winter 2000-2001)
  • Decker, Michael H; "Three MAFs for the Corps", U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings; vol 113 (November 1987), p. 74
  • Decker, Michael H; Jeffries, James H, III; "Platoon - The Movie and Law of War Training", Marine Corps Gazette; vol. 71, no. 4 (April 1987), p. 40
  • Decker, Michael H; "On Women, Combat, and Leadership", Marine Corps Gazette; vol. 75, no. 10 (October 1991), p. 89
  • Decker, Mike; "The Long Run", Scholastic, Notre Dame, Indiana, vol. 121, no. 7 (March 21, 1980) p 26
  • References

    Michael H. Decker Wikipedia

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