Michael F. Walker


Adjunct Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
General profile


Mortara Center


Mr. Walker was responsible for leading CIA's wartime intelligence operations in Iraq and Afghanistan from February 2007 to July 2010. As Director of the Near East and South Asia Division, CIA's largest division, he worked closely with CIA Directors Hayden and Panetta on critical and high impact intelligence operations involving Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in the Middle East and South Asia. During this time frame, he traveled abroad extensively on sensitive intelligence missions and interacted regularly with the White House, National Security Council, Department of Defense, Department of State, NSA and FBI. In 2010, he was awarded the William J. Donovan Award for Exceptional Leadership.

His other positions at CIA Headquarters were Deputy Director of Special Activities Division (world-wide paramilitary operations)(2000-2002), and Chief of Operations in the Counterterrorist Center (1990-1991). He spent 18 of his 30 years with CIA living abroad in various locations in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe and was Chief of Station in five countries. He lived in Afghanistan in the mid 1980's during the Soviet-Mujahidin war, Beirut Lebanon in the late 1980's during the civil war and again in Afghanistan in 2002 during the U.S.-Taliban war. He retired in late 2010 at the grade of SIS-5.

Prior to CIA, in the 1970's, Mr. Walker served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Rajasthan, India.


  • M.A. () Ohio University, International Affairs (Asian Studies)
  • B.S. () Ohio State University, Zoology (Ichthyology and Entomology)