Michael Hess serves as a Senior Advisor for DT. He provided expert level advice, mentoring, and training on DT's USAID and U.S. Department of Defense programs. He has over 30 years of active and reserve service in the United States Military serving in humanitarian operations in Turkey, Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo. Michael served in both command and staff assignments in the U.S. and Germany and taught European History at the United States Military Academy. In April 2003, Colonel (Ret.) Hess was recalled to active duty to serve as the humanitarian coordinator in the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for the Coalition Provisional Authority. He subsequently served as Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID from 2005 to 2009. Following USAID, Michael worked for L-3 MPRI.
He has a B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.A. in European history from Columbia University in New York, an M.A. in business administration and international finance from New York University in New York, and is a graduate of the National Strategic Studies Program at the United States Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.