Colonel (Ret.) Michael Johnson joins Cassidy & Associates today as a Senior Vice President. For the past decade he has helped lead the Pentagon’s congressional legislative and appropriations strategies and engagement, most recently advising the Under Secretary of Defense, Acquisition and Sustainment, as a Congressional Appropriations Liaison.
“Mike will be a real asset to our team by strengthening our national security and federal funding capabilities,” said Cassidy CEO Kai Anderson. “Those who’ve worked with him know him as a problem solver and his in-depth experience and understanding of both the legislative and executive branches will benefit our clients.”
As a Congressional Appropriations Liaison for the Under Secretary of Defense since 2015, Mike engaged the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and was responsible for a policy portfolio that included procurement, military construction; base realignment and closure; energy; environment; defense threat reduction activities; small business programs; industrial base policy and the office of economic adjustment.
Kai added, “Mike has a deep understanding of how Congress’ oversight responsibilities shape decisions inside the Pentagon and that’s the kind of first hand experience that will help us deliver real results for our clients.”
Mike has successfully built and facilitated key relationships between the DoD and congressional appropriations committees through his earlier positions as Executive Officer for the Director of the Army National Guard as well as Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and Joint Programs Congressional Liaison for the National Guard Bureau.
Mike has 26 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army and retired this year as a Colonel. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Western Kentucky University; Masters of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma; Master of Strategic Leadership from the United States Army War College and a Certificate in Legislative Studies from Georgetown.