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NPS Professor Earns National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal
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NPS Professor Earns National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal

By MC2 Michael Ehrlich

Dr. James “Bret” Michael, a professor in NPS’ Departments of Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering, right, is presented with the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, June 29. Michael was one of five recipients of the award, the fifth highest award in the National Intelligence Awards Program, each recognized for their unique, individual contributions to national security.

“I am honored to have received such a high-level award,” said Michael. “Receipt of this national-level award is evidence that the Naval Postgraduate School, through its leading-edge education and sponsored research programs, continues to make significant, long-lasting contributions to national security.”

Michael began teaching at NPS in 1998, and is currently one of three NPS professors permanently stationed in the National Capital Region.

“In addition to the usual responsibilities of an NPS professor, I teach NPS courses at the National Cryptologic School, and I conduct research on microelectronics and trusted systems,” Michael said.

In presenting the award, Coats described the many ways Michael’s work has enhanced United States national security interests.

“Michael has made significant contributions to intelligence technical capabilities in reverse engineering, and assessment of microelectronics,” said Coats. “His leadership in furthering multiagency investments in reverse engineering and microelectronics technologies resulted in a significant increase in collaboration and sharing among the Department of Defense, the intelligence community, and the Department of Energy.

“His contributions to the development and transitioning of tools, techniques, and processes have eliminated or reduced community-wide technology gaps., thereby enhancing the United States national security posture,” continued Coats. “Dr. Michael's accomplishments reflect great credit upon himself, the National Media Exploitation Center, the Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community.”

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