Mike Dumont is a career member of the Senior Executive Service assigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In previous assignments he has served as Principal Director for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism; Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Capabilities; Principal Director for African Affairs; Principal Director for Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia Policy; Principal Director for Middle East Affairs; Defense Policy Advisor to Commander, U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR); and Deputy Chief of Staff for Stability Operations at ISAF Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Prior to joining the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Mr. Dumont served as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he investigated and prosecuted highly complex domestic and international criminal cases. During 2005, Mr. Dumont managed Justice Department programs in Iraq.
Before attending law school, Mr. Dumont served over five years on active duty in the U.S. Army as an Army Aviator and paratrooper. He held positions as a flight platoon leader in the Middle East and as an aviation task force executive officer in Central America. Upon leaving the Army, Mr. Dumont affiliated with the Navy Reserve as a Naval Aviator. He holds the rank of Rear Admiral (Lower Half) in the U.S. Navy.
As a Navy officer, he has served as Chief of Staff to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa; Chief of Staff at the Office of the U.S. Defense Representative to Pakistan; and as Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Mr. Dumont has also commanded five organizations, including a Navy Special Warfare support helicopter squadron during both Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM and the Joint Reserve unit of the U.S. Military Delegation to the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium. He has earned expeditionary medals for combat tours in Central America, the Middle East, and Central Asia.
Mr. Dumont holds a B.A. degree from the University of Southern Maine; a law degree from Suffolk University Law School; an M.S. degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College; and an M.S. degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College where he was a Distinguished Graduate. He is also a graduate of the Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course and the Combined Force Maritime Component Commander (CFMCC) Flag Officer Course.