Michael Patrick Mulroy
Michael Patrick Mulroy
|Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense|
for the Middle East
20 October 2017 – 1 December 2019
|Preceded by||Andrew Exum|
|Education||Augusta University |
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Branch/service|| United States Marine Corps|
Central Intelligence Agency
Department of Defense
|Rank||Officer and Enlisted|
Paramilitary Operations Officer
Senior Executive Service
|Unit||4th Marine Division|
Special Activities Center
Secretary of Defense
|Battles/wars||War in Afghanistan|
War on Terrorism
Michael "Mick" Patrick Mulroy is the former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East. He worked in this position from October 2017 until December 2019. He was responsible for representing the United States Department of Defense defense policy and policy in the interagency on the Middle East. He is also a retired CIA Paramilitary Operations Officer and a United States Marine.
He co-founded the Lobo Institute, where he started working on a documentary about a child soldier called My Star in the Sky. He also began working in the nonprofit Grassroots Reconciliation Group, became a Special Advisor to the United Nations, a Senior Fellow at the Middle East Institute, and a ABC News National Security Analyst.
DASD service[change | change source]
Foreign Policy, and other media, said that Mulroy accepted the position because the former Defense Secretary Mattis was looking for a “nonpartisan and apolitical individual". Mulroy was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service for his efforts. In particular, for creating a plan on Yemen, developing a policy on Iran and for helping the White Helmets in Syria.
National Defense Strategy[change | change source]
In January 2018, a National Defense Strategy was published, focusing on China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and the fight against terrorism. Mulroy was responsible for the implementation of the NDS in that region, including the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Yemen.
Irregular Warfare Annex[change | change source]
In October 2019, Mulroy presented the Irregular Warfare Annex. He said that it was part of the 2018 NDS. According to him, irregular warfare includes counter-insurgency, counter-terrorism, unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, sabotage and subversion, stabilization (warfare) and information operations, among other areas.
CIA service[change | change source]
Mulroy is a retired PMOO from the Special Activities Center of the CIA. CIA awards include the Intelligence Star, the Intelligence Commendation Medal, the Career Intelligence Medal and the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal, among others. He is also a recipient of the State Department's Superior Honor Award. Mulroy is also a godfather to four Gold Star daughters.
Military service[change | change source]
Mulroy is a retired U.S. Marine and served as a commissioned officer and an enlisted Marine on active duty and in the reserves. He served as an Armored Crewman (United States military occupation code (MOS) 1811) of a M1 Abrams tank, a Judge Advocate (MOS 4412) and an Infantry Officer (MOS 0302). His military awards include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, among others.
Other service[change | change source]
In September 2020, the Atlantic Council started the Counterterrorism Study Group (CTSG). Their purpose was to understand emerging trends and future predictions in counter-terrorism. Mulroy was one of these experts as well as Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, Mike Nagata, Matt Olsen, Nick Rasmussen, Russ Travers, and Owen West and others.
Afghanistan[change | change source]
Mulroy opposed the decision to pull all U.S. military forces out of Afghanistan. He believed the U.S. should have kept a residual force that could have maintained what the coalition fought for over two decades.
Ukraine[change | change source]
Mulroy believes that "we need to support the opposing side to the invasion and occupation in every possible way" and advocated the provision of military assistance to the Ukrainians. Mulroy advocated isolating Russia both economically and diplomatically. Mulroy also advocated bringing all those responsible for war crimes to an international tribunal or criminal court.
Advocacy for child soldiers[change | change source]
My Star in the Sky[change | change source]
Mulroy along with Eric Oehlerich made a documentary My Star in the Sky. It tells the story of survival, friendship and love between two child soldiers. This documentary has been screened at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, the Atlantic Council, the Enough Project, Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy and the Truman National Security Project.
The Grassroots Reconciliation Group[change | change source]
Mulroy is on the Board of Directors for the Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG). GRG was initiated as part of a USAID-funded program called the Northern Uganda Peace Initiative (NUPI) to reconcile and rehabilitate former child soldiers of Joseph Kony's LRA. After USAID's contract with NUPI ended, co-founders Sasha Lezhnev and Kasper Agger continued helping these communities as a self-funded effort. Since 2007, GRG has worked with 38 groups and reached 2,200 people directly, and impacted more than 5000 indirectly.
Philosophy[change | change source]
Mulroy is a proponent of Stoic philosophy. In an essay in Modern Stoicism entitled, “A Case for the Philosopher King,” he pushed for a return of virtue ethics in school and teaching examples of those to look up to Marcus Aurelius, Harriet Tubman, Christina Noble, James Stockdale, John Lewis, Malala Yousafzai among others. He did this after citing the precipitous decline in the confidence Americans have in one another.
In an article for ABC News, “Where philosophy intersects with war training: stoic soldiers,” he and Donald Robertson advocated for using stoicism as a philosophy in the military due to its focus on wisdom, justice, temperance, and courage. He advocated for the U.S. military to incorporate stoicism into its basic training at a conference hosted by the U.S. Army National Guard in January 2021 and in a conference hosted by Modern Stoicism as one of the keynote speakers, along with retired National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Georgetown University Professor Nancy Sherman.
Other volunteer efforts[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
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