Mr. Mike Ferguson

Director, Simulation Division

National Defense University

Mr. Mike Ferguson is the Director of the Simulation Division and the Congressman Owen Pickett Wargaming Center at the NDU Norfolk Branch Campus.  He joined NDU in 2003.  Mike graduated from Villanova University in 1989 with B.A. in Political Science and minors in History and Naval Science.  He earned an M.S. in Operations Research & Systems Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1999.  In 2016, Mike was awarded a Master of Public Administration Degree from Old Dominion University, and is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society.  A believer of lifelong learning, Mike continued his academic work at Old Dominion University and completed a Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science.

Mike served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1989-2003.  During his military career, he participated in Operation Provide Comfort in Northern Iraq and Southeastern Turkey; Operation GTMO, the Haitian relief operation in the Caribbean and Cuba; and Operations Restore Hope & Continue Hope in Somalia.  During his assignment at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One, he organized and was the first Director of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Division, charged with integrating UAVs into Marine tactical air operations and establishing command and control procedures.  He also served as a Modeling and Simulation Operations Officer at the Joint Warfighting Center, U.S. Joint Forces Command, where he planned and participated in JTF training exercises and mission rehearsals for Combatant Command, Coalition and NATO headquarters.

Since Joining NDU, Mike’s responsibility has increased from serving as the Exercise Support Branch Chief, conducting current operations at the Joint Forces Staff College, to the Wargaming Division Chief at JFSC, responsible for both current exercises and future development, and most recently advancing to the Simulation Division Chief, responsible for all aspects of the Modeling and Simulation Program at NDU.  As Director, he is responsible for the scheduling, maintenance and operation of NDU’s Congressman Owen Pickett Wargaming Center.