COLONEL MICHAEL D CARTNEY
Colonel Michael D Cartney currently serves as the Director of the US Air Force Academy’s Washington DC office. Colonel Cartney is the Superintendent’s liaison to the White House, Congress, and Pentagon, as well as other DC area organizations.
Raised in South Dakota, Colonel Cartney graduated from the United State Air Force Academy and was commissioned in June 1981. His first tour of duty was with the Air Force Data Services Center, in direct support of the Office of Secretary of Defense, Programs Analysis and Evaluation (OSD/PA&E). A distinguished graduate from Squadron Officer School as a Lieutenant, he subsequently selected to pursue his graduate level studies at Purdue University. Beginning in 1986, Colonel Cartney served in a number of software development positions ranging from programming to program manager in support of Strategic Air Command and the Intelligence Community. He was subsequently hand-selected to lead an ASD/C3I project aimed at bringing DoD surveillance and intelligence technology to bear on issues faced by the National Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA). After attending the international Command and Staff College in Canada, Colonel Cartney served on the Canadian National Defence Headquarters’ Staff, the Joint Staff, USSTRATCOM/USSPACECOM/NORAD Battle Staffs, and NORAD-USSPACECOM J6 staff. He also career broadened as a Computer Science Instructor at USAFA, Assistant Executive Officer, and Aide-de-camp to the Superintendent. Colonel Cartney served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs’ Director for the Global Command and Control System. Prior to coming to USAFA/CCL, Colonel Cartney served on USSPACECOM’s, NORAD’s and USSTRATCOM’s Battle Staffs and as Chief, Global C4 Division, overseeing the operational management of $20B+ on-orbit and $7B+ ground satellite communications assets providing lifeline communications to POTUS, SECDEF, and Dept of State, as well as isolated, in transit, and engaged forces world wide. Colonel Cartney directly supported Operations Noble Anvil, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Noble Eagle. In addition, Colonel Cartney was the DOD Lead for the Global NetOps concept development, led the Transformational Communications Architecture Operations Concept Team, and was the Warfighter community’s member on the Navy’s multi-billion dollar UHF Communications Satellite constellation acquisition.
Colonel Cartney was a National Defense Fellow to the Program on Information Resources Policy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. His book, The Art of Balancing Information Sharing and Security, was published by the Harvard Press in 2000.
Colonel Cartney’s hobbies include rugby, physical fitness, weight lifting, camping and fishing. He is married to the former Harriett Louise Blankenship of Washington, D.C. and they have two children, Trisha and Byron.
1981 Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, USAFA, Colorado
1984 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Al
1986 Master of Science in Numerical Analysis for EDP, Purdue University
1994 Canadian Command and Staff College, Toronto, Canada
1999 National Defense Fellowship (SSS), Harvard University
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Joint Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with 4 oak leaf clusters
AF Organizational Excellence Award with oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze star
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant 27 May 1981
First Lieutenant 27 May 1983
Captain 27 May 1985
Major 1 May 1993
Lieutenant Colonel 1 December 1997
Colonel 1 April 2003
(Current as of April 2005)
2004-Present USAFA Pentagon, Washington DC
Director, Washington DC Office
Liaison for the Superintendent to Congress, Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and other DC organizations.
2002-2004 USSTRATCOM Offutt AFB, CO
Chief, Global C4 Division
§ Oversaw day-to-day operational management of global satellite and ground communications systems supporting DOD, POTUS, and other government agencies’ communications.
§ Directly supported Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and Noble Eagle.
2002 USSTRATCOM Offutt AFB, CO
Chief, Satellite Ops Division
§ Oversaw day-to-day operational management of global satellite communications systems supporting Bosnia, Kosovo, Operations Noble Anvil, and Noble Eagle.
2000-2002 USSPACECOM Peterson AFB, CO
Chief, SATCOM OPLAN, Policy, and Procedures Branch
§ Responsible for Global SATCOM operational planning, including GWOT, Kosovo, and Bosnia
1999-2000 Senior Service School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass
National Defense Fellow, Program on Information Resources Policy
1997-1999 The Joint Staff Pentagon, D.C.
Global Command And Control System (GCCS) Director
§ Responsible to Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) for World-wide GCCS Operations – directly supporting OPERATION DESERT FOX, OPERATION ALLIED FORCE, and OPERATION SUSTAIN HOPE.
§ Responsible for Operational Readiness of over 700 sites, 10000+ workstations, worldwide.
§ Technical focal point for US Warfighter command and control
§ Advise CJCS and staff on GCCS technology insertion, modernization, and evolution.
1995-1997 Canadian Ministry of Defence, Ottawa, Canada
Deputy Program Manager for Regional/Sector Air Operations Center (R/SAOC) Modernization
§ On behalf of the Canadian Government, led the day-to-day operations of the 100+ personnel International Program Office.
§ Signing authority for $150M (Canadian).
§ Led international technical assessment during streamlined acquisition.
1994-1995 Command and Staff College, Toronto, Canada
§ One of 8 US Air Force members selected to participate in an international program.
§ 120 Students representing 20+ countries, all branches of service. No DG program.
1993-1994 USAF Academy. Colorado Springs, CO
Aide-de-camp to the Superintendent
§ Personal Staff Officer (PSO) to Lt Gen Bradley C Hosmer, USAF.
§ Also served as Assistant Executive Officer to the Superintendent.
1992-1993 USAF Academy. Colorado Springs, CO
Instructor, Computer Science
§ “Rookie of the Year” Award.
§ Only first year instructor to be given 400 level courses to instruct
1991-1992 OSD/C3I. Washington, D.C.
Special Duty Assignment to Department Of Justice
§ Lead Technical advisor to DOJ, DEA, FBI, and US Marshall Service effort to effectively use innovation and technology in the war on drugs.
§ Handpicked by OSD/C3I.
1987-1991 Strategic Air Command, Omaha, NE
Chief, Advanced Systems Technology
Provided direct software programming and program development support to SAC/INY and the 544 Intelligence Wing.
1985-1986 Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Graduate Study, Department of Computer Science
1981-1985 Air Force Data Services Center, Pentagon, D.C.
Application Development support to OSD/PA&E