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Michael O. McMahon

I am an adjunct lecturer in Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, in the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

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By day, I am a senior consultant at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. I am a 24-year veteran of the US Defense Department and the national Intelligence Community, a career that included a three-year tour with the National Intelligence Council. I also served seven years as an officer in the United States Navy (Reserve), completing assignments overseas as well as with the Joint Staff in Washington. As a defense department civilian and military officer, I have completed overseas assignments supporting UN humanitarian relief efforts in Somalia; diplomatic support with the US embassy in Kiev, Ukraine; operational support to US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany; sea duty in the Persian Gulf enforcing UN sanctions against Iraq; and NATO peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina. I have served as a guest seminar lecturer at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico, VA., and other Defense Department educational institutions. In the BALS program, I teach two courses -- entitled "International Relations for the 21st Century", and "Development of US National Security Policy". In each, we examine the traditional theoretical approaches to the study of international politics and national security policy, and explore their utility for understanding a rapidly changing global environment.