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Lieutenant Colonel Michael F. Walther

Lieutenant Colonel Michael F. Walther is a recently-retired Senior Executive of the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), having served most recently as Director of the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC). He is also a recently-retired U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate who has served in a variety of positions, including a deployment to Iraq (2006-07) as Legal Advisor to the Multi-National Force Iraq planning staff and Director of the Law and Order Task Force in Baghdad. He last served as a Military Judge, presiding over court-martials in the U.S. Army’s Fourth Judicial District. Lieutenant Colonel Walther was originally commissioned as a U.S. Air Force Officer and attended law school under the USAF Funded Legal Education Program. As an Air Force Judge Advocate, he served in International Law-related positions in Greece and Germany before shifting the focus of his legal practice to military law and criminal justice matters. In 2003, he joined the U.S. DoJ as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, and was assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. In 1999, he transferred to DOJ’s Criminal Division in Washington, DC, where he served as a Senior Trial Attorney, Deputy Chief, and Acting Chief of the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section. Lieutenant Colonel Walther holds a B.A. in English from Tulane University, an M.A. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

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SSI books and monographs by Lieutenant Colonel Michael F. Walther

  • Insanity: Four Decades of U.S. Counterdrug Strategy

    December 27, 2012

    Authored by Lieutenant Colonel Michael F. Walther.
    The author provides context to the former DOJ Drug Intelligence Chief’s declaration that the U.S. 40-year national drug strategy is a failure. He argues that the expensive and largely-ineffective supply-reduction strategy should be abandoned in favor of a new, science-based, demand-reduction model.