The Diligent team excels at assisting clients in managing business opportunities and risks as well as achieving innovation and compliance objectives. We have worked on strategy, risk/resiliency, and environmentally-focused management challenges for all manner of commercial and government clients, ranging from market leading technology and financial services firms to cutting edge military and intelligence organizations.
We can help you resolve complex issues using an effective and pragmatic approach to:
At Diligent, our focus is simple: Create Value, Deliver Excellence.
We achieve this by engaging closely with our clients and providing hard work, innovative thought, and hand-selected staff, associates, and strategic partners paired to meet our clients’ needs. Far from the traditional “hit-and-run” approach of larger consulting firms, we serve you, our valued clients, through our “trusted advisor model," an approach based on embracing your challenges as our own and working passionately to turn them into opportunities to deliver measurable value.
Diligent is fortunate to draw from the best available people by having a tailored recruiting process that focuses on not only finding those who offer academic excellence and professional qualifications but also individuals who share our core values including service to others, love of nation, and demonstrated dedication through military or other public service.
Mike is a national security expert with an extensive background in defense policy, military intelligence, and support to US counter-terrorism operations.
In addition to creating Diligent Innovations, his broad national security credentials include serving as the Director of Strategy for the White House Homeland Security Council, an Intelligence Officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Senior Analyst for the War on Terrorism Branch of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, where he helped develop the 2007 National Strategy for Homeland Security, the National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism, and the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security.
Mike is also a frequent TV commentator and news analyst, having appeared more than 50 times on ABC Nightline, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, FRONTLINE, MSNBC, NBC, and NPR discussing foreign policy, counter-terrorism, and military strategy.
He has authored dozens of articles in Defense News, Foreign Policy, Naval Institute’s Proceedings, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Washington Times, and is the co-author of two books on security and counter-terrorism (including a New York Times Best Seller).
A former Fulbright Scholar, 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 graduated cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations from The University of Pennsylvania. He has given lectures at National Defense University, Georgetown University, and Joint Special Operations University.
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