Michael Mullins is the Director of Defense Industry Initiatives at NC State University Industry Expansion Solutions (IES). Michael is a former Marine Infantryman and retired Army Lieutenant Colonel. He has extensive experience executing and managing Department of Defense training contracts in Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East, the Caucasus, and Southeast Asia. Michael has worked closely with the Department of State, various foreign ministries, non-governmental organizations, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Additionally, he served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vanderbilt University. Michael has a comprehensive understanding of the processes and procedures North Carolina businesses face in the acquisition and execution of U.S. government contracts. In Fayetteville, he served as an International Operations Program Manager with General Dynamics and Program Manager of foreign military training programs with American Systems Corporation. Michael has a B.S. in Political Science and an M.S. in International Relations.