Lt. Col. Michael Tyson joined DARPA in 2015 as the Marine Corps Operational Liaison to the Director.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps reserves in 1991 as a field artilleryman while completing his undergraduate degree in International Relations at The Pennsylvania State University. He was commissioned in 1995 and designated a naval aviator in 1997.
Lt. Col. Tyson’s operational experience includes two tours in Okinawa, Japan, including six deployments with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. During this time he held various billets, participated in multiple international exercises, and completed the Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course.
Other tours include serving as an instructor pilot with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, with a deployment to Iraq; language training in Monterey, Calif.; attending the French Command and Staff College in Paris; and serving with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory as a Project Officer in the Field Testing Branch.
Lt. Col. Tyson commanded Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron Three from 2011 to 2013. Following this assignment, he attended the Naval War College, earning his Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Prior to joining DARPA, he was the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.
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