Mike McCord, Director, Civil-Military Programs

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The Honorable Mike McCord is the Director of Civil-Military Programs at the Stennis Center for Public Service. At the Stennis Center, he: hosts Civil-Military Dialogue and Discussion dinners that bring together Members of Congress with a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; brings leadership award winners from our aircraft carriers to the Pentagon for recognition by senior United States Navy leaders, and; arranges meetings between prospective commanding officers of our aircraft carriers and senior congressional defense staff experts. Mr. McCord has also hosted a symposium on civil-military relations featuring former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and former Chief of Naval Operations Gary Roughead. 

He also serves as an Adjunct Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, with a focus on management, cost, and acquisition issues.   

Additionally, Mr. McCord is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was appointed to the congressionally-mandated Commission on the National Defense Strategy for the United States, which released its report Providing for the Common Defense in November 2018. 

From January 2009 through January 2017, he served at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer and before that as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). He was 

nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for each of these positions.

In these roles, he advised Secretaries of Defense Bob Gates, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, and Ash Carter on all budgetary and financial matters. He was also responsible for the development and execution of annual defense budgets in excess of $550 billion.   

As Comptroller, Mr. McCord was responsible for all communications and negotiations on defense budget matters between DoD and the President’s Office of Management and Budget as well as with the Congress. He was responsible for developing, presenting, and defending the defense budget as well as for all reprogrammings needed to meet emerging DoD needs. He also managed the Department’s Recovery Act program from 2009-2011, which successfully executed over 4,000 construction and energy-efficiency projects. 

At the DoD, he was a four-time recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service (2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017). He was also a member of senior-level decision-making bodies to include the Secretary’s Leadership Council and the Deputy’s Management Action Group.    

Before his service at the DoD, Mr. McCord served for 24 years in the legislative branch, including 21 years as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) for former Senators and Chairmen Sam Nunn and Carl Levin. As a member of the U.S. Senate staff, his primary focus was on budget, fiscal policy, and military readiness and installation issues. During his time on the SASC, he traveled extensively to do oversight of readiness and installation conditions to domestic and overseas locations where the Department had a significant troop presence to include the United States, Germany, Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, the Middle East, Guam, and Eastern Europe. 

During his time on the SASC, he was the author of numerous legislative provisions, including the language that set out the procedures for the most recent (2005) Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round and for the 1998 revisions to the depot maintenance laws setting out rules for public-private competition of these workloads. He was also instrumental in legislation creating the military’s housing privatization and utility privatization programs. 

Mr. McCord also served on the staff of the House Budget Committee as an analyst on defense and veterans’ programs. He began his career as a cost analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.   

Mr. McCord has a B.A. with honors in Economics from the Ohio State University, where he was a National Merit Scholar and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He also has a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017 and 2018, he served as a member of the advisory board for Ohio State University’s Department of Economics. 

He has guest-lectured on the federal budget process, defense budgeting, and decision-making at American University and George Washington University and has presented on these topics to corporate Chief Financial Offiers, the Professional Services Council, the National Defense University, and others. 

He is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers and was presented with its National President’s Award in 2017.

He and his wife, Donna, are Ironman triathletes and have also completed multiple marathons (including Boston marathons), trail ultra-marathons, half-marathons, and Ironman 70.3 triathlons. Mr. McCord serves as the Vice President of the Reston Runners, as President of their charitable community fund, and as captain of the bicycle portion of the Reston Triathlon. To contact Mike, please email mike@stennis.gov.

Photo of Mike McCord

The Honorable Mike McCord is the Director of Civil-Military Programs at the Stennis Center for Public Service. At the Stennis Center, he: hosts Civil-Military Dialogue and Discussion dinners that bring together Members of Congress with a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; brings leadership award winners from our aircraft carriers to the Pentagon for recognition by senior United States Navy leaders, and; arranges meetings between prospective commanding officers of our aircraft carriers and senior congressional defense staff experts. Mr. McCord has also hosted a symposium on civil-military relations featuring former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and former Chief of Naval Operations Gary Roughead.

He also serves as an Adjunct Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, with a focus on management, cost, and acquisition issues.   

Additionally, Mr. McCord is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and was appointed to the congressionally-mandated Commission on the National Defense Strategy for the United States, which released its report Providing for the Common Defense in November 2018. 

From January 2009 through January 2017, he served at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) as the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer and before that as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). He was nominated 

by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate for each of these positions.  

In these roles, he advised Secretaries of Defense Bob Gates, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel, and Ash Carter on all budgetary and financial matters. He was also responsible for the development and execution of annual defense budgets in excess of $550 billion.   

As Comptroller, Mr. McCord was responsible for all communications and negotiations on defense budget matters between DoD and the President’s Office of Management and Budget as well as with the Congress. He was responsible for developing, presenting, and defending the defense budget as well as for all reprogrammings needed to meet emerging DoD needs. He also managed the Department’s Recovery Act program from 2009-2011, which successfully executed over 4,000 construction and energy-efficiency projects. 

At the DoD, he was a four-time recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service (2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017). He was also a member of senior-level decision-making bodies to include the Secretary’s Leadership Council and the Deputy’s Management Action Group.    

Before his service at the DoD, Mr. McCord served for 24 years in the legislative branch, including 21 years as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) for former Senators and Chairmen Sam Nunn and Carl Levin. As a member of the U.S. Senate staff, his primary focus was on budget, fiscal policy, and military readiness and installation issues. During his time on the SASC, he traveled extensively to do oversight of readiness and installation conditions to domestic and overseas locations where the Department had a significant troop presence to include the United States, Germany, Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans, the Middle East, Guam, and Eastern Europe. 

During his time on the SASC, he was the author of numerous legislative provisions, including the language that set out the procedures for the most recent (2005) Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round and for the 1998 revisions to the depot maintenance laws setting out rules for public-private competition of these workloads. He was also instrumental in legislation creating the military’s housing privatization and utility privatization programs. 

Mr. McCord also served on the staff of the House Budget Committee as an analyst on defense and veterans’ programs. He began his career as a cost analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.   

Mr. McCord has a B.A. with honors in Economics from the Ohio State University, where he was a National Merit Scholar and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He also has a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2017 and 2018, he served as a member of the advisory board for Ohio State University’s Department of Economics. 

He has guest-lectured on the federal budget process, defense budgeting, and decision-making at American University and George Washington University and has presented on these topics to corporate Chief Financial Officers, the Professional Services Council, the National Defense University, and others. 

He is a member of the American Society of Military Comptrollers and was presented with its National President’s Award in 2017.

He and his wife, Donna, are Ironman triathletes and have also completed multiple marathons (including Boston marathons), trail ultra-marathons, half-marathons, and Ironman 70.3 triathlons. Mr. McCord serves as the Vice President of the Reston Runners, as President of their charitable community fund, and as captain of the bicycle portion of the Reston Triathlon. To contact Mike, please email mike@stennis.gov.

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(662) 325-8409 • Fax (662) 325-8623

201 Mass. Avenue, NE, Suite C-7, Washington, DC 20002 

(202) 546-1837 • Fax (202) 546-3841