About

Michael Tanji spent nearly 20 years in the US intelligence community. Trained in both SIGINT and HUMINT disciplines he has worked at the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the National Reconnaissance Office. At various stages in his career he was responsible for:

  • Creating the defense intelligence community’s first computer forensic and all-source intelligence fusion cell
  • Managing current intelligence production efforts of his agency’s Information Operations mission
  • Creating and managing the warning system used to assess the strategic cyber threat posed by both nation-states and non-state actors
  • Serving as the technical director for a theater-level strategic intelligence collection facility

A veteran of the US Army, Michael has served in both strategic and tactical assignments in the Pacific Theater, the Balkans, and the Middle East. He has been a participant in a number of national and international intelligence analysis and policy efforts, including projects for the National Intelligence Council, the National Security Council and NATO.

Since leaving the government Michael has worked as an intelligence and security consultant and is currently an executive with a computer security company. He was a Senior Fellow at theĀ Center for Threat Awareness, an associate of the Terrorism Research Center, a contributor to Complex Terrain Lab, and was selected in 2007 as a Claremont Institute Lincoln Fellow. Michael lectures on intelligence issues at The George Washington University. A participant on intelligence-related panels at the Heritage Foundation and American Enterprise Institute, he has also been a contributor to the Weekly Standard and Wired’s Danger Room. He is the editor of Threats in the Age of Obama.

Michael holds a B.S. from Hawaii Pacific University, and an M.A. from The George Washington University.

Michael can be reached at michael-dot-tanji@gmail-dot-com