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Michael Andrew Sheehan, American former protective services official, former federal agency administrator. Member of Council on Foreign Relations, Special Forces Association.


Sheehan, Michael Andrew was born on February 10, 1955 in Red Bank, New Jersey, United States. Son of John M. and Janet M. (Purcell) Sheehan.


Sheehan graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in New Jersey in 1973 and the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1977. Sheehan has a Master of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service as well as one from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.


He is currently Distinguished Chair at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York and a terrorist analyst for NBC News. He served as an officer in the infantry and Special Forces. He had several overseas assignments, as a commander of a "counter-terrorism" unit in Panama, a counterinsurgency advisor in El Salvador, an infantry company commander in Korea, and on peacekeeping duty in Somalia and Haiti.

Also while on active duty, he served in the White House on the National Security Council staff for Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. In 1998, he was appointed Coordinator for Counterterrorism with the rank and status of Ambassador-at-Large at the United States and was confirmed by the United States Senate for this position in 1999. Following an assignment as Assistant-Secretary-General at the United Nations in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (2001 to 2003), Sheehan served as Deputy Commissioner of Counter Terrorism for the New York City Police Department until May 2006.

He was also a terrorism analyst for NBC News and a fellow at New York University's Center on Law and Security. The White House nominated Sheehan to become Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict on Nov. 1, 2011. The U.S. Senate Senate Armed Services Committee held his confirmation hearing on Nov.

17, 2011, and he was confirmed by a voice vote on Dec.


  • Sheehan then served as President and co-founder of Lexington Security Group, an international consulting firm that specializes in providing international law enforcement, internal security, and national defense organizations with strategic guidance, unit training, and individual mentoring to manage emerging security challenges.


According to General Daniel P. Bolger's book "Why We Lost", at an acrimonious meeting in the Clinton White House, Mr. Sheehan asked the members of the Armed Forces present: "Does Al Quaeda have to hit the Pentagon to get your attention?".


Married Sita Sheehan. Children: Alexandra, Michael.

John M. Sheehan

Janet M. (Purcell) Sheehan

Sita Sheehan

Alexandra Sheehan

Michael Sheehan