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Michael Patrick Mulroy
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
for the Middle East
In office
20 October 2017 – 1 December 2019
Preceded by Andrew Exum
Personal details
  • American
Education Augusta University
Samford University
Profession National security
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Branch/service  United States Marine Corps
Flag of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.svg Central Intelligence Agency
Flag of the United States Secretary of Defense.svg 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
Iraq War
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

The DASD for the Middle East is responsible for the policy of the US Department of Defense and represents the Department of Defense in interagency organizations in many countries.

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

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

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

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

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.

Advocacy for child soldiers

Yale Screening "My Star in the Sky"
Yale University Screening

My Star in the Sky

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.

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