Michael Barton has extensive experience in National Security, Homeland Security, counterterrorism, and energy policy making. Beginning in 2009, he has consulted for the Federal Government on a wide range of strategic issues. From 2006 to 2009 he served in the International Security Affairs division of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), where he analyzed, crafted, and carried out the Nation’s security policies as directed by the President and the Secretary of Defense. While in OSD, he ensured that cultural, economic, and energy factors were woven into diplomatic and security decisions. For his efforts in the national security arena, Mr. Barton was a 2009 recipient of the OSD Exceptional Public Service Medal. Prior to joining the Defense Department, Mr. Barton held positions at the White House on the Homeland Security Council staff and on the Senate Banking Committee staff. Mr. Barton holds a M.A. degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Houston. He is also an advisory board member of the Bryce Foundation, which assists in research efforts on behalf of children suffering from cancer and support for their families.