FedData, a leader in providing critical infrastructure and intelligence services to the Department of Defense and the National Intelligence Community, and a provider of threat reduction and counterintelligence services to the private sector, today announced the appointment of Michael G. Vickers as an independent member of its Board.
“Secretary Vickers’ decades of broad experience across the United States intelligence and defense communities will add a valuable perspective to our Board,” said Joseph Wright, Chairman of the FedData board. “We appreciate his willingness to serve as a director and look forward to benefitting from his judgment and his expert counsel.”
“Secretary Vickers has a storied reputation in the defense and intelligence communities. I’m looking forward to his help in propelling FedData and our counterintelligence business in particular, to the next level,” said Jamie Benoit FedData’s President.
Mike Vickers service to the United States spans four decades. From 2011 until 2015, Mike served as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)). As the USD(I), Mike oversaw all defense intelligence organizations, including NSA, the NRO, NGA and DIA.
From 2007 to 2011, Mike served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Low Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities. He was the senior civilian advisor to the Secretary of Defense on counterterrorism strategy, special activities, and the operational employment and capabilities of special operations forces, conventional forces and strategic forces.
Prior to rising to the most senior levels in the Department of Defense, Mike served with distinction as an Army Special Forces officer and later as a CIA paramilitary operations officer.
In the mid-1980s, Michael gained national prominence when he became involved with the CIA program to arm the Mujahideen in the fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Mike led military strategy for the US, coordinating an effort that involved ten countries and provided tactical direction to forces made up of over 500,000 Afghan fighters. Accounts of his work have been detailed in books and major motion pictures.