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Lieutenant Commander Michael B. Sturm, USN

LCDR Michael Sturm completed a B.S. in Sociology from the College of Charleston and an M.A. in Sociology focused on research methodology from Loyola University Chicago.

After working for several years conducting research studies for a top ten advertising agency, following 9/11 LCDR Sturm decided to use his analytical skills as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy and earned his commission from OCS in January 2003.

LCDR Sturm’s first assignment was with the Red Rippers Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11), one of the Navy’s last Tomcat squadrons. He deployed aboard the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN-73) in 2004 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

In 2005, LCDR Sturm took a temporary duty assignment in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Fusion Intelligence Cell managing seventeen analysts.

From 2005 to 2008, LCDR Sturm was assigned to the NCIS Multiple Threat Alert Center (MTAC) where he served as a Middle East analyst as well as the liaison to DIA’s Joint Intelligence Task Force Combating Terrorism (JITF-CT).

LCDR Sturm received a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in 2009. For his thesis, he modified the Joint Staff Intelligence Preparation of the Operating Environment (IPOE) doctrine to be used by the U.S. Coast Guard as a vulnerability assessment tool for domestic maritime ports.

From 2009 to 2012, LCDR Sturm was assigned to the KENNEDY Irregular Warfare Center where he deployed twice to Afghanistan with a special operations task force targeting Al Qaida senior leadership. He deployed again to NAVCENT supporting a SEAL team responsible for disrupting Al Qaida facilitation networks and other contingency operations.

In 2012, LCDR Sturm was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff J2 supporting the Deputy Director for Special Operations. He also served as the Joint Staff liaison to the Secretary of Defense’s Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations Directorate.

In 2015, LCDR Sturm completed a graduate certificate in legislative studies at Georgetown University where his research focused on Presidential and Congressional legal authorities to conduct military operations.

Currently, LCDR Sturm is a political science instructor at the United States Naval Academy teaching courses on American government and the U.S. Constitution, intelligence and national security policy, and quantitative research methods.

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