Major General Michael Groen

Major General Michael S. Groen, USMC

Director for Intelligence, Joint Staff J2

Major General Michael S. Groen is the Director for Intelligence, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, DC. He leads a team of professionals providing current and crisis intelligence, warning, and intelligence insights in support of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commands, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

General Groen is a 1986 graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. As a junior officer, he served in Camp Pendleton, California, and Okinawa, Japan with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). He attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, graduating with Masters of Science degrees in Electrical Engineering and Applied Physics. He attended the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Intelligence Officer Course and was a distinguished graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College.

In 2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom I, Lieutenant Colonel Groen participated in combat operations as the 1st Marine Division’s Deputy G-2 and intelligence planner. Lieutenant Colonel Groen was further designated as the G-2 for Task Force Tripoli, operating in north-central Iraq. In 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Groen returned to Iraq as the 1st Marine Division G-2, where he was a principal in the redesign of Marine Intelligence. He was reassigned to US European Command where he served as Chief of Intelligence Planning for Europe and Africa. There, he planned intelligence operations in the Balkans, Northern Iraq, Central Africa, and the Trans-Sahara region. He was instrumental in transitioning intelligence processes into the newly formed Joint Intelligence Operations Center (JIOC).

In 2006, Lieutenant Colonel Groen assumed command of 3d Radio Battalion, Marine Corps Base Hawaii. During this time, the Battalion conducted its first deployment to the Southern Philippines in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines and continued its support to the 31st MEU. After command, he reported to the College of Naval Warfare, (Naval War College) in Newport, Rhode Island. While there, he was selected as the Marine Fellow for the Stockdale Group, assisting the U.S. Navy program to develop joint and operational leaders. Promoted to Colonel, he graduated with distinction in June 2008. He assumed command of Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division in Camp Pendleton, California. In 2010, he was given additional duties as the Division’s Chief of Staff and the Commanding Officer for the 1st Marine Division (Rear).

In August 2010, Colonel Groen served under the Deputy Commandant for Combat Development and Integration. There, he led the Marine Corps’ Amphibious Capabilities Working Group, which reviewed naval relationships, doctrine, concepts, and capabilities. In that capacity, he formed and served as the initial director of the “Ellis Group”, refining concepts for naval power projection and expeditionary operations. He was reassigned as the Director of the Marine Corps Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG), directly supporting the Commandant and senior leadership for institutional and operational issues. Selected for Brigadier General, he was reassigned as the Director of Marine Corps Intelligence (DIRINT) in June of 2013. As the DIRINT, he codified and advanced the implementation of the Marine Corps ISR Enterprise. He served as the Senior Service authority for SIGINT, HUMINT, GEOINT, counterintelligence, and special activities. In July 2017, he was promoted to Major General and assumed the position of Director for Intelligence, Joint Staff.

Major General Groen is married with three sons. His personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Speaking: November 29 - Senior Service Panel