| Michael Vickers |
|Born||Michael George Vickers|
Burbank, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University|
Michael G. Vickers is the US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict & Interdependent Capabilities (SO/LIC&IC).
The US Department of Defense website describes Vickers' career as follows:
From 1973 to 1986, Mr. Vickers served as an Army Special Forces Non-Commissioned Officer, Special Forces Officer, and CIA Operations Officer. During this period, Mr. Vickers had operational and combat experience in Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Central and South Asia. His operational experience spans covert action and espionage, unconventional warfare, counterterrorism (including hostage rescue operations), counterinsurgency, and foreign internal defense. During the mid-1980s, Mr. Vickers was the principal strategist for the largest covert action program in the CIA’s history: the paramilitary operation that drove the Soviet army out of Afghanistan.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations
Vickers was nominated as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict & Interdependent Capabilities by President Bush on 4 April 4 2007, and was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on 23 July 2007. President Obama announced on 26 February 2009, that Mr. Vickers would continue in the position.
- Mr. Michael G. Vickers, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict & Interdependent Capabilities (SO/LIC&IC), Department of Defense, accessed 20 August 2009.