Commander Michael Widmann is the Strategy Branch head for the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) based in Tallinn, Estonia. He reported to the CCDCOE in August 2016.
Michael was commissioned in the United States Navy in 2000 as a Surface Warfare Officer. He served forward deployed in Japan as Main Propulsion Division Officer aboard USS JUNEAU (LPD 10) and Auxiliaries Division Officer aboard USS KITTY HAWK (CV 64). In 2005 Michael became an Information Professional Officer specializing in Naval Communications. He continued serving in the following capacities: Information Assurance Officer and Knowledge Manager for Strike Force Training Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia; Officer in Charge of Afghan National Security Forces Networks and Radios as well as a mentor for the Afghan National Police in Kabul, Afghanistan; Operations Officer at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia; Service Chief representative at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Virginia; and Staff Officer in the Analysis and Concepts Branch at the NATO Command and Control Centre of Excellence in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Commander Widmann earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from the United States Naval Academy as well as a Master’s of Science in Space Systems Operations from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.