Senior Fellow Bios

LeFever, Michael "Mike" - VADM, USN (Ret)

Michael LeFever is employed as a Highly Qualified Expert - Senior Mentor for the Joint Staff J7 in support of Combatant Command and Joint Task Force Operations and Exercises and  as a Senior Fellow in support of the National Defense University’s Pinnacle, Capstone, and Keystone programs.

LeFever is a 1976 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.

His career as a surface warfare officer included assignments aboard USS Truett  (FF 1095), USS Arthur  W. Radford (DD 968), USS Taurus (PHM 3) and USS Nicholson (DD 982), Destroyer Squadron 36, culminating in commanding officer of USS John Rodgers (DD 983), Commander, Destroyer Squadron 21.

Ashore, LeFever served in Navy Personnel Command (PERS 41), Joint Staff; U.S. Atlantic Fleet; and, senior fellow, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies group.

LeFever graduated from the Naval Post Graduate School and holds a Master of Science degree in Joint Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) Systems, and has attended Armed Forces Staff College and various other joint warfighting training.

His first flag officer assignment was as deputy director, Expeditionary Warfare Division. In October 2004, he reported as Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group One, Tarawa/13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Strike Group, and was additionally assigned as Commander, Disaster Assistance Center, Pakistan, to lead the U.S. military response to Pakistan's 2005 earthquake.  In August 2006, he served as director, Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education Policy Division (N13).  In July 2008, he was assigned Commander, Office of the Defense Representative to Pakistan and Commander, Joint Task Force, Pakistan.  In September 2011, he was assigned as Director, Strategic Operational Planning, National Counterterrorism Center.

His personal decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2), Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (5), National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (3), Joint Service Achievement Award, Award of "Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam" (Order of Great Leader) and Award of "Sitara-i-Eisaar" (Star of Sacrifice) from the President of Pakistan, and various service campaign and unit decorations.

Vice Admiral LeFever retired in July, 2014.  Upon retirement he lives in Reston, VA., where he is a Senior Mentor and Consultant with McChrystal Group, CrossLead, and is a member of SBD Advisors, LLC.  He is active as a Senior Mentor for the National Defense University in the “Capstone”, “Keystone” and “Pinnacle” programs.