CAPT Frank Michael, USN (Ret)

Senior Vice President, Program Development
National Defense Industrial Association

Frank J. Michael was appointed Senior Vice President, Program Development, National Defense Industrial Association in June, 2016.  He is responsible for managing NDIA’s relationships with industry stakeholders and government officials. In that role, he will collaborate with the Association’s  members, chapters, divisions and affiliates to provide forward thinking programming and activities that address current and future challenges in Defense and National Security.

Mr. Michael is a career naval officer and aviator who served in a number of critical leadership billets both at sea and ashore.  His command tours include Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light Four Seven (HSL-47) and USS Boxer (LHD-4).  During his most recent active duty assignment, he served as Strategy Branch Chief on the Navy Staff and was principal author of the Nation’s maritime strategy “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower” released in March 2015.  Other major assignments ashore include CNO Fellow, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group and National Military Command System Branch Chief on the Joint Staff. 

Mr. Michael holds an M.A Degree in Public Administration and has been recognized with a Doctor of Humane Letters from Misericordia University.