Mike Barrett

Homeland and National Security expert

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Washington, DC
mid-morning through evening, 7 days a week
Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Mike Barrett is a homeland and national security expert and noted author that has served as the Director of Strategy for the White House Homeland Security Council, an Intelligence Officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and a Senior Analyst for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, War on Terrorism Branch. With an extensive background in security policy, military intelligence, and support to US counter-terrorism operations at home and abroad, he is a frequent television commentator and writer on security strategy and terrorism.A successful entrepreneur, former Naval Intelligence Officer and Fulbright Scholar in Ankara, Turkey.

Mike has served as a Homeland Security Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, an Olin Foundation Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, and a research analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He also recently served as an appointed member of the Washington, DC Homeland Security Commission and is currently a Board Member for two charities, The Alternative House and Inheritance of Hope.Mike is a regular commentator on all manner of security issues, having been interviewed on television and radio by ABC, The Canadian Broadcast Company, Fox News, FRONTLINE, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, The New York Metro News, New York Sun, and The Washington Post. He also is the co-author of two books on security and counter-terrorism (including a New York Times Best Seller) and has authored dozens of trade journal and opinion-editorial articles.Mike received an M.A. in Strategic Studies and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C., and an M.B.A. from the Australian School of Business in Sydney, Australia. He also was graduated cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and is an Occasional Guest Lecturer at National Defense University, Georgetown University, and Joint Special Operations University.