Annenberg Professor of International Communication, Institute of World Politics
Professor J. Michael Waller is a scholar-practitioner in strategic communication, public diplomacy, information operations, psychological operations, and director of the only accredited graduate study program devoted to public diplomacy and political warfare.
Professor J. Michael Waller can think like an insurgent, having received military training as an insurgent with the U.S.-backed Nicaraguan Resistance in the 1980s. He successfully trained scores of U.S.-backed insurgent commanders (Nicaraguan) in political warfare and psychological operations and aided their demobilization and transition into a democratic society. He worked with Afghan resistance fighters against Soviet Army. He also successfully trained U.S.-backed foreign military counterinsurgency forces to defeat guerrillas and terrorists through non-kinetic means; and designed and implemented ideological warfare operations to infiltrate and disrupt adversary political front organizations and hostile foreign security and intelligence services.
Currently he is the director of the only graduate studies program in the United States on the integration of public diplomacy and political warfare as low-cost/high-impact solutions to leverage, avoid or prevent lethal kinetic force. He is also the Founder and President of Strategic Information Services, LLC, an education, training, publishing and information strategy company.
Faculty member, LDESP, Naval Postgraduate School.
PhD, International Security Affairs, Boston University, 1993.
MA, International Relations and Communication, Boston University, 1989.
BA, International Affairs, George Washington University, 1985.
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