Michael Lacombe is a 28-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Operations with 10 years in the ranks of the Senior Intelligence Service (SIS), retiring as a SIS-4.
He served in seven overseas assignments, a Headquarters leadership assignment and two assignments (including one as Chief) at the “Farm.” He currently serves as a Partner at iStayAlert and a Managing Partner at NEBULA Partners Group, a Security/Intelligence Training and Consulting firm.
Mr. Lacombe recently completed his fourth assignment in the War Zone. He served as Chief of Station (COS) twice in the War Zone, Deputy Chief of Station and once as Chief of Base. As COS, he directed intelligence collection and technical operations in multiple Middle Eastern Countries in support of U.S. National Security objectives. In this capacity, he led collaborative Counterterrorism and Cyber operations/programs with U.S. Military and regional international Intelligence partners.
As Chief of CIA’s Operational Training at the Farm, he led a multi-million dollar organization training the next generation of operations officers. He designed and implemented foundational and advanced DO tradecraft, surveillance and operational training for CIA, DoD and FBI officers.
Mr. Lacombe served as Chief of Operations and Deputy Chief of CIA’s East Asia Division. There he led and managed human, technical and Counterintelligence operations, personnel and budgets for the geographic region covering Northeast/Southeast Asia and the Pacific Island region.
Prior to joining the CIA, Mr. Lacombe served as an officer in the United States Air Force where he was a Deputy Professor of Aerospace Studies and an ICBM Missile Combat Crew Commander. Mr. Lacombe earned a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts. He is the recipient of the CIA’s Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal, the Presidential Rank Award, the William Donovan Award and numerous leadership and exceptional performance awards.
Spy Master: My Life as a Spy
With 28 years as a Spy, including field tours in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and Asia, Michael will provide an overview of what it is like to be a Spy. As Chief of the Farm (the Spy Master), he will provide insights into what it takes to be a Spy, how we train spies and his thoughts on the future of Human Operations.
Understanding the Middle East: The War Zones, Counterterrorism, and Prospects for Peace
Having served four tours in the War Zone, Michael was recognized with the CIA’s William Donovan Award for his service and expertise in Middle East Operations. He provided advice and guidance to several U.S. administrations, DoD, the NSC and U.S. Congressional Committees. Providing relevant background information, Michael will discuss critical events during the War and the prospects for peace in the Middle East.
Leadership in Unconventional Situations: Leading Our Spy Cadre around the World
Recognized as an accomplished leader, Michael received numerous leadership awards while in the CIA. His most prized award is the DO’s Excellence in Leadership Award where recipients are nominated by their peers and subordinates. Michael will share his thoughts on leading in crisis situations and the War Zone citing numerous examples from his career as a Spy and Air Force Officer.
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