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Michael J. Dumont

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict
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Michael J. Dumont

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 Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia; Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Capabilities; Principal Director for Special Operations & Combating Terrorism; Principal Director for African Affairs; Principal Director for Russia, Ukraine & Eurasian Affairs Policy; Principal Director for Middle East Affairs; Defense Policy Advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe & Commander, U.S. European Command; 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.

Before attending law school, Mr. Dumont served five years on active duty in the U.S. Army as an Army Aviator and paratrooper.  He held positions as a 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 in the U.S. Navy.

As a Navy officer, he has served as Chief of Staff to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe & 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 helicopter squadron during both Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.  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.

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