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COL Mike Barron, USA (Ret)

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COL Mike Barron joined MOAA’s Government Relations Department in April 2013, bringing a wealth of experience in national security, defense policy and congressional and legislative affairs. He retired from the Army in 2010 after a 30-year career as an infantry officer and a national security strategist. Since retiring from active duty, COL Barron has been an executive with the Boeing Co. working in its Washington, D. C., government operations office, first as director of Government Affairs and then as director of International Operations and Policy. He came to MOAA to follow his passion of serving the military and veterans’ community. He specializes in defense policy, active duty compensation and retirement issues.

COL Barron served in leadership positions at all levels, including tactical and strategic. He is a decorated combat veteran of operations Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom. COL Barron’s last active duty assignment was as special assistant to the secretary of the Army; before that, he served two tours with the Joint Staff, including four years as the assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Legislative Affairs. He also served as an infantry battalion commander, as Army liaison to the U.S. Senate, and as a congressional fellow for then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich in the mid-1990s. Earlier in his career, COL Barron served as an instructor and assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and then as the aide de camp to the superintendent of the academy. 

COL Barron graduated as an ROTC distinguished military graduate, from the University of San Francisco. He holds advanced degrees in leadership from the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; in government from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; in public administration from the City University of New York; and in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa. He graduated from the Senior Executives in National and International Security program and the Advanced Management program for Senior Managers in Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

COL Barron has been published in professional military journals and was a national security fellow with the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. 

MOAA position: Deputy Director, Government Relations Department.