Michael Allen has spent his career in the national security arena including in the White House, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the private sector. Currently, Mr. Allen is Managing Director of Beacon Global Strategies LLC which advises clients on the intersection of business and national security. Mr. Allen is a frequent commentator on national security and foreign policy issues on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox and is the author of Blinking Red, Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence after 9/11 (Potomac Books, 2013). He is also the recipient of the National Intelligence Superior Public Service Medal.
In the White House from December 2001- January 2009, Mr. Allen served in a variety of national security policy and legislative roles. At the National Security Council (NSC), he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counter-proliferation Strategy from June 2007 to January 2009 under National Security Advisor Steve Hadley. As the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Legislative Affairs, Mr. Allen served as the NSC’s chief liaison with the national security committees of Congress (March 2005 to June 2007). From December 2001 to February 2005, Mr. Allen worked in the legislative affairs office of the White House’s Homeland Security Council. At the beginning of the Bush Administration, Mr. Allen worked in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs at the Department of State.