Michael H. Decker

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Director Marine Forces Programs, Senior International/Defense Research Analyst
Washington Office


M.S. in strategic intelligence, Nat'l Defense Intelligence College; M.A. in government/national security studies, Georgetown University


Mike Decker is Director, Marine Forces Programs. Decker recently served as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight. During this assignment he received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Prior to his appointment as ATSD (IO), Decker served as Director and Assistant Director of Intelligence, U.S. Marine Corps. In those positions he provided professional intelligence management and policy support in the conduct of all aspects of Marine Corps intelligence, including all-source analysis, geospatial intelligence, signals intelligence, and counterintelligence/human intelligence activities within the Marine Corps, Defense, and National Intelligence Communities, served as the USMC MIP and NIP program manager, as well as serving as the intelligence occupational field sponsor responsible for managing the military and civilian intelligence workforce. During this assignment he received the Distinguished and Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards as well as the Defense Intelligence Director's Award. As a Marine Corps infantry officer he served two deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, including deployment to Beirut, Lebanon as part of the Multinational Peacekeeping Force. Decker also served as an intelligence officer with a Marine Expeditionary Unit in the Western Pacific and deployed to Saudi Arabia as a senior intelligence analyst and theater intelligence planner for Marine Forces Central Command during Operation Desert Storm, for which he received the Bronze Star Medal.

Selected Publications

Michael H. Decker, "Intelligence Plan Implementation: 1994 - 2008," INTSUM Magazine http://www.mcia-inc.org, (1):5 - 13, 2014

Honors & Awards

  • National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Director of National Intelligence
  • Presidential Rank Awards (Distinguished Executive), President George W. Bush
  • Bronze Star Medal, United States Marine Corps