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Mike Braun

CSIF Board of Advisors


Mr. Michael Braun serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Mr. Braun is a co-founder and one of two Managing Partners at SGI Global, where he determines the company’s strategic direction, fosters its top performance track record, and expands its project portfolio.

Mr. Braun retired from the DEA as Chief of Operations, Assistant Administrator in 2008 after serving a 33-year domestic and international law enforcement career. As Chief of Operations, he had oversight responsibility for the DEA’s 227 domestic and 87 foreign offices, as well as its Special Operations and Aviation Divisions, in conjunction with the Offices of Financial Operations and Diversion Control. Mr. Braun was the architect of the DEA’s significant expansion in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2008 and was responsible for the formative development of the agency’s Foreign-deployed Advisory and Support Teams (FAST), among other drug/terror nexus programs. His expertise on the growing confluence of drugs and terror became widely recognized during this time as he managed and focused the DEA’s efforts in the Global War on Terrorism.

Prior to his executive leadership, Mr. Braun built extensive law enforcement leadership experience in Latin America heading specially trained teams comprised of DEA Special Agents, host nation law enforcement officers, and U.S. Military Special Forces on counter-narcotics operations in support of U.S. foreign policy. Mr. Braun enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1971 and served as an infantryman, including service in the Republic of Vietnam. He worked for eleven years in local and state police agencies before joining the DEA in 1985.

Mr. Braun continues to be called upon by Congress to testify on counter-terrorism and other security topics, routinely appears on national and international television, and is regularly quoted by U.S. and international print media on matters related to international security.