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Michael J. Quigley

Senior Fellow, National Security

As Senior Advisor for National Security, Michael J. Quigley leads Human Rights First’s efforts to shift the United States off the perpetual war footing on which its current counterterrorism efforts rest, and end the law of war rationale which undergirds policies regarding military detention, custody, trial, and targeting.

Michael comes to Human Rights First with extensive experience in military operations, national security policy, intelligence collection and analysis, and counter-terrorism strategies having spent 24 years on active duty, both enlisted and commissioned service, in the US Army and the US Navy respectively. Career highlights include, service as the Strategy and Policy Branch Chief for the Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force on the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon; Al-Qaeda in Iraq Branch Chief for the National Counter-Terrorism Center (NCTC); Interrogation Section Chief and Senior High-Value Detainee Interrogator at Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay; Deputy Chief of Human Intelligence Operations with a US Special Operations Command task force in Iraq; Assistant Naval Attaché in both Malta and Belgium; and as a Professional Staff Member and Interrogation Subject Matter Expert on the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the recent investigation of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts in European History from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He is presently studying for a second masters in Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College. Michael is a highly decorated military professional having received the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, three Joint Service Achievement Medals, and the Combat Action Ribbon as well as numerous campaign and service medals reflecting service in Iraq, Bosnia, Europe, the Middle East, and off the coast of Libya.

Michael has been published in the US Naval Institute’s professional journal, PROCEEDINGS, and in the President’s Daily Intelligence Brief.

December 08, 2014
The current national security environment prioritizes military responses to terrorist threats, through a legal and policy framework that puts the United States on a perpetual war footing. The...
September 23, 2014
An opinion piece by Michael J. Quigley The recent rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), or simply the Islamic State (IS), has rekindled a fear that this group may soon attack...
August 11, 2014
Below is a shortened transcript of the August 5 media telebriefing featuring retired Generals Joseph Hoar and Paul Eaton, former General Counsel of the Navy Alberto Mora, and Human Rights First’s...