Hon. Michael J. Bayer

Hon Michael J. Bayer

Senior Fellow
Dumbarton Strategies

Michael provides strategic advice, informed by deep technical and geopolitical context, to government and corporate leaders in the United States and Europe on matters of national security, aerospace, and energy.  
Michael serves as Chairman of the 1,850 corporate member National Defense Industrial Association.  Also, Michael has decades of service on government advisory boards including the Defense Science Board, which advises the Department on a wide range of science and technology matters. 
He also serves as director on the Boards of Beretta Holdings, Codemettle, Entact, Narda-MITEQ, and NorthStar Group Services.  His many past director positions include Sprint Energy Services, API Tech, Airborne Tactical Advantage Company, NRCG, DOSS Aviation, EG&G, Duratek, Athena, Stratos Global, Dyncorp International, Waste Control Specialists, BEI Sensors, Siga Technologies, and Vangent Holding Corp.  
Leaders at the highest levels of government have frequently called upon Michael for his thoughtful analysis and sound advice.  In 2019, Michael led the Cybersecurity Readiness Review which illuminated organizational and management gaps that exposed the Navy’s and other Military Services’ most crucial capabilities to cyber threats.  In 2018, after the tragic loss of life in the collisions of U.S.S. Fitzgerald and later, the U.S.S. McCain, Michael led the Navy’s Strategic Readiness Review which identified the leadership and institutional changes necessary to prevent future tragedies.  In 2001, followings the terrorists attacks of 9/11, Secretary Donald Rumsfeld asked Michael and Noble Prize winner Joshua Lederberg to lead a classified investigation named “Red Nuff” to identify future vectors of global terrorism.  In 1991, after the downing of PanAm Flight 103 over Lockerbie Scotland, President Bush asked Michael to lead the staff of a Congressionally created Commission to investigate causality.  The findings of that report fundamentally changed the Nation’s and the Industry’s approach to aviation security and counterterrorism. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed Michael as the Assistant to the Secretary of Energy for Legislative Affairs, later as the Associate Deputy Secretary of Commerce.  
Michael previously chaired the Defense Business Board three different times during its existence. He has also served on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, the Business Executives for National Security Advisory Board, the Sandia Laboratory’s National Security Advisory Panel, the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Military Academy, the Army Science Board (Chairman), the Naval War College Board of Visitors, the Secretary of the Air Force’s Advisory Group (Chairman), the Naval Post Graduate School Board of Visitors, the Nuclear Weapons External Advisory Panel, and the U.S. European Command Senior Advisory Group.  
He has served every Secretary of Defense from Bill Perry to Mark Esper.  They have recognized Michael’s contributions with its highest civilian awards: four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Navy Distinguished Service Medals, and one Army Distinguished Service Medal.