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Lieutenant Colonel Michael C. McCarthy

MICHAEL C. MCCARTHY is an aviation command and control officer currently assigned to Headquarters U.S. Marine Corps as a strategic analyst. Most recently, Lieutenant Colonel McCarthy completed a 1-year national security fellowship at the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Previously, he served as the commanding officer of 3d Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, as an exercise planner for U.S. Strategic Command, as the command, control, and communications department head at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, and held key leadership billets in the Marine Air Command and Control System at the platoon, battery, squadron, and group levels. His deployment experience includes three tours in Iraq supporting Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, a deployment to Bahrain supporting Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, and two deployments with Marine Expeditionary Units. Lieutenant Colonel McCarthy is a Harvard National Security Fellow who holds a bachelor of arts in social sciences from Pace University and a master of arts in international relations from Creighton University.

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SSI books and monographs by Lieutenant Colonel Michael C. McCarthy

  • Deterring Russia in the Gray Zone

    March 20, 2019

    Authored by Lieutenant Colonel Michael C. McCarthy, Commander Matthew A. Moyer, Colonel Brett H. Venable.
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    The United States is being challenged by a resurgent Russia in the conceptual space between war and peace commonly referred to as the “gray zone.” Failure to address Russia’s aggression now will have lasting, detrimental effects on U.S. national security interests. This monograph offers U.S. policymakers a menu of strategic options spanning the instruments of national power to deter Russia in the gray zone.