Michael Halter

Deputy Assistant Director, National Operations, Critical Technology Protection Directorate (CTP), Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA)
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Mr. Michael Halter, a Defense Intelligence Senior Level Executive, is the Deputy Assistant Director for National Operations, Critical Technology Protection Directorate (CTP), Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA). 


In this position, Mr. Halter is responsible for management, administration, and oversight of CTP operations to include the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Authorization Office and International and Special Access Program.  Mr. Halter’s responsibilities include oversight of approximately 12,500 cleared contractor facilities and their personnel under the NISP, including management of the authorization and oversight of approximately 6,000 contractor information systems used to process classified information.  Mr. Halter is also responsible for oversight of contractors safeguarding and/or manufacturing conventional Arms, Ammunitions and Explosives.

DCSA is a strategic asset to the Nation and its allies – continuously ensuring a trusted federal, industrial and affiliated workforce, and enabling industry’s delivery of uncompromised capabilities by leveraging advanced technologies and innovation. The agency uniquely blends critical technology protection, trusted personnel vetting, counterintelligence, and professional education and certification to advance and preserve America's strategic edge.

Mr. Halter began his career with the Department of Defense by enlisting in the U.S. Army in October 1980, as a Russian Voice Interceptor.  In 1984, he was accepted to the Army’s Counterintelligence (CI) School at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.  In December 1991, after two tours of duty at strategic CI offices in Germany, he was appointed a CI Warrant Officer.  Over the next 11 years, Mr. Halter led Army CI teams and detachments in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Somalia, Bosnia, South Korea and the United States.   

He retired from the U.S. Army in April 2002, and immediately began working as a Counterintelligence Special Agent (CISA) with DCSA in Denver, Colorado.  In September 2007, he was selected as Division Chief, Counterintelligence Field Operations, responsible for supervising day-to-day operations of all CISAs in the Western and Southern Regions of DCSA.  In October 2009, he was selected as the Regional Director of the Northern Region and served in this position until February 2014.

Mr. Halter holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in Social Psychology and Human Resources Management from Park University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Federal Executive Institute, the Advanced Professional Executives Program and the Senior Managers in Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School.