Michael Waltz, as President of Metis Solutions, provides corporate leadership and strategic vision for a growing defense contracting firm that provides strategic analysis, policy development, intelligence support, and foreign commercial development to U.S. Government and corporate customers worldwide. He is also a Co-Founder and Partner in an international consulting firm, Askari Associates that provides strategic advice and consulting services to foreign governments and commercial entities, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa.
Prior to joining the private sector, Mike served as Vice President Cheney’s Special Advisor for South Asia and Counterterrorism. His work in OVP culminated with Mike representing that office during President Bush’s Strategic Review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan where he advocated realigning command and control, increasing resources, and modifying our counterterrorism posture in the region.
Prior to his time in the White House, Mike was the Director for Afghanistan policy responsible for shaping policy and providing recommendations to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Secretary of Defense. In the Pentagon, Mike also served in the office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics where he led the establishment of DoD’s funding, programs, and strategy for counternarcotics activities in Afghanistan and South Asia.
Mike is a Senior National Security Fellow at the New America Foundation and regularly provides expert commentary on counter-terrorism and regional issues for BBC World News, PBS Frontline, and the Voice of America. He also founded the Sumar Ghul Foundation which cares for the families of fallen Afghan National Army soldiers.
Mike is the author of the forthcoming book Warrior Diplomat: A Green Beret’s Battles from Washington to Afghanistan. Mike is a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and currently resides in Alexandria Virginia with his daughter.
Luther Campbell, also known as Luke Skyywalker, Solo Luke, Uncle Luke, or Luke, is a record label owner, rap performer (taking the non-rapping role of promoter), and actor. He is perhaps best known as a one-time member and leader of 2 Live Crew, and star of his own short-lived show on VH1, Luke's Parental Advisory. As a result of one of the group's songs, which used a parody of Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman", Campbell was party to Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., which was argued in front of the US Supreme Court.
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