Lieutenant Colonel David Mueller, USMC

Lieutenant Colonel David Mueller, USMC

OSD EMS Operations Cross Functional Team Strategy Lead (EMSO CFT)

LtCol Mueller is currently the Strategy Initiative Lead and Marine Corps representative on the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Cross Functional Team (EMSO CFT).  LtCol Mueller is an EA-6B Prowler pilot with seven combat deployments, including; NORTHERN WATCH, SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM (2003), ENDURING FREEDOM, and INHERENT RESOLVE.  He was the only Marine member of Joint Crew Composite Squadron One (JCCS-1) deploying to Anbar Province, Iraq from May 2006 to April 2007. A member of the Defense Acquisition Corps, LtCol Mueller was an operational test coordinator for EA-6B, EA-18G and F-35 aircraft.  LtCol Mueller commanded VMAQ-4 from September 2013 to April 2015, deploying to Al Udeid, Qatar where his squadron simultaneously supported operations in Afghanistan as well as Iraq and Syria.  He served as a Senior Military Fellow at the Center for a New American Security for the 2016-17 academic year before becoming a Strategic Analyst on the Commandant of the Marine Corps’ Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG).  He was a service representative on the National Defense Strategy (NDS) writing team for the 2018 NDS and continued to serve in the SIG until joining the EMSO CFT in 2019.

LtCol Mueller’s education includes: 1996 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a BS in History, Australian Command and Staff College and the University of New South Wales in 2009 with an MA in Strategy and Policy, and 2015 graduate with high academic distinction from the Air War College with a Masters in Strategic Studies.  He won the 2016 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Strategic Essay award and has been published in Joint Forces Quarterly as well as by the Center for a New American Security.
LtCol Mueller is married to the former Lauren Schultz of Wethersfield, CT.  They live in Fairfax, VA with their two children.

Speaking: October 29 - Mechanics of Great Power Competition in the EMS