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Board Profile

Michael G. Vickers

Michael Vickers
Former Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence
The Honorable Michael G. Vickers is a member of the Board of Directors of BAE Systems, Inc., the U.S.-based subsidiary of BAE Systems plc. 
Vickers was appointed to the Inc. Board for a three-year term, beginning in December 2015. In this role, he brings a tremendous amount of experience and expertise from a distinguished career in the U.S. military and as a national security advisor during both Republican and Democratic administrations, as well as a deep knowledge of the needs and challenges of defense and intelligence customers. 
Vickers served as Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence from 2011 until April 2015, where he led a global operation that includes the National Security Agency, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and the intelligence components of the military services and combatant commands. Among his accomplishments, he oversaw counterterrorism efforts in multiple countries, playing a major role in the elimination of numerous terrorist leaders.
From 2007 to 2011, Vickers served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, Low-intensity Conflict, and Interdependent Capabilities. In this role, he was the Service Secretary for all U.S. Special Operations Forces, and he helped develop and implement the strategy to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qaida. His prior service included time as an operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency and as a Special Forces Officer with the U.S. Army.
Vickers graduated with honors from the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and went on to earn his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.