Department of Defense
LtGen (ret.), Former Director, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
Lieutenant General Michael Groen (US Marine Corps, Ret.) served over 36 years in the U.S. military, culminating his career as the senior executive for AI in the Department. Groen also served in the National Security Agency overseeing Computer Network Operations, and as the Director of Joint Staff Intelligence (JSJ2), working closely with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Secretary of Defense and Senior Leaders across the Department. He is an experienced Marine commander and multi-tour combat veteran. Groen has earned Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is an experienced change-agent, with a penchant for modernizing capabilities, organizations and cultures. Today, he seeks to inform transformational change in military capabilities against the backdrop of an accelerating pace of digitally enabled warfare, rapidly modernizing opponents, and American competitiveness.