Michael A. VanPutte, Ph.D., CISSP, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (retired)

Some call me an award-winning expert on cyber warfare and a decorated combat veteran. After graduating from ‘The Ohio State University’ I started my career as a Combat Engineer Officer, having completed U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools.  I was privileged to be able to lead fellow soldiers in combat in Iraq.

During my 26 years of government service, I’ve worked side-by-side with cyber experts, law enforcement officers, and intelligence officers. I’ve been able to both learn and teach at public and military schools, conduct offensive and defensive strategic cyberwarfare operations, and led cyber research programs at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).   I’ve had the opportunity to brief the White House and Congressional members, as well as numerous Pentagon, Intelligence, and Homeland Security senior government officials. I’ve written government policies, transitioned and deployed technology to government networks, planned and ran workshops and exercises, and been commended by the Senate House Committee on Government Reform for “leading the way for the entire U.S. government.”

I co-founded Provatek LLC, which conducts research and development of advanced computer network operations.

I’m an avid writer.  Since leaving government service I’ve written Walking Wounded – Inside the U.S. Cyberwar Machine, and will soon release Principles of Cyberwar.


  • Ph.D., Computer Science, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
  • MS., Computer Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO.
  • BS., Business Administration – Management Information Systems, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.


  • Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service
  • Secretary of Defense Information Assurance Individual Award
  • Secretary of Defense Information Assurance Team Award
  • Secretary of Defense Information Assurance Award
  • Ranger Tab
  • Parachutist Badge

When I’m not writing I’m scuba diving or camping.