Michael Bradwick graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2007, earning a B.S. in Operations Research with Honors and commissioning as an Engineer Officer in the U.S. Army. His two undergraduate theses included studies on applying mathematical/statistical models to appraise real estate and streamlining the U.S. Army’s Casualty Assistance system. From 2007 to 2014, he served in operational overseas tours in Germany and South Korea and combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He held positions of increasing responsibility as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Operations Officer, and Company Commander. Michael also earned a M.S. in Engineering Management from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2012.
In 2014, he changed his military specialty and became a European/Eurasian Foreign Area Officer (FAO). He graduated from the Russian Basic Course at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA in 2015, and served in Vilnius, Lithuania and Kyiv, Ukraine in the Defense Attaché Office and the Office of Defense Cooperation, respectively, in 2016.
His current interests include U.S.-Russia relations, NATO, the European Union (EU), history and politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union (FSU), and U.S. foreign policy towards Europe, Russia, and FSU countries.