Institute for National Strategic Studies National Defense University
Mr. Leo Michel is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Strategic Studies, concentrating on transatlantic security issues. Before joining INSS in July 2002, Mr. Michel was Director for NATO Policy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). His office was responsible for policy formulation, support, and advice to the Secretary and other senior Defense officials in areas such as NATO defense planning and capabilities, NATO's role in the war on terrorism, NATO-led operations in Bosnia (SFOR) and Kosovo (KFOR), NATO enlargement, NATO relations with the European Union, Partnership for Peace, and NATO-Russia and NATO-Ukraine relations.
During more than 17 years in OSD, Mr. Michel also worked on a range of nuclear and non-nuclear issues and negotiations involving Russia and the former Soviet Union. During 1996-1999, he was appointed by the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy as the first OSD representative on the senior faculty of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Switzerland.
Before joining OSD, Mr. Michel worked in the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate for Intelligence. During the 1970s, he worked as a legislative aide for foreign and defense affairs in the U.S. Congress and as a reporter for the French newsweekly Le Point. He served in the U.S. Navy as a communications officer during 1969-1972.
Mr. Michel, a career civil servant, was promoted to the Senior Executive Service in April 2000. He holds a Master's degree from Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor's degree from Princeton University.