Col Mike Sweeney, USMC (Ret) is the Vice President of Government Strategy for REDCOM Laboratories Inc. His focus is always 18 months and out, mapping future requirements based on the market and customer requirements against our future development efforts. He also handles Government Plans and Programs, where he is responsible for developing REDCOM’s approach to the government market both here and abroad, which at it’s essence means understanding current needs of the customer and aligning capabilities to provide solutions that increase operational flexibility. Col Sweeney places a large focus on the re-orientation of things like organizational alignment, internal and external education, and our engagement strategy, so our people can talk fluently about all facets of the business with one single message and voice.
Mike Sweeney has an extensive history in the United States Marine Corps, where he served for 29 years in multiple roles. His last duty assignment was at Marine Forces Pacific where he served as the Chief of Staff. Prior to that he served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander at U.S. Marine Special Operations Command.
Highlights of his career include duty as the Commanding Officer, Fox Company, Second Recruit Training Battalion. He also served as the Executive Officer for 2nd Marine Regiment. As a Major, he led Marine Corps efforts to integrate Blue Force Tracking capabilities and systems with the U.S. Army. Today, that joint effort is a program of record which is recognized as the gold standard for interoperability. As a LtCol, he commanded 8th Communication Battalion which deployed to Iraq three times during his tenure. He and the 1300 Marines of the Battalion where responsible for planning, installing, operating, and maintaining the tactical network for all Marines operating in theater. During that same period, the Battalion supported relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina and support various Marine Expeditionary units deployed aboard amphibious ships around the globe. He also served as the Director, Joint Operations Center, for U.S. European Command.
As a Colonel, he commanded the 4500 Marines and Sailors of II Marine Headquarters Group out of Camp Lejeune, NC. The unit deployed to Afghanistan as Task Force Belleau Wood where they were responsible for counterinsurgency operations of an area approximately 900 square miles in size, or roughly the size of Manhattan and the five Burroughs of NYC. During this deployment, Task Force Belleau wood integrated special operation forces from Bahrain and an infantry Battalion from Jordan during the year- long deployment from Jan 2011 – Jan 2012. This was the first deployment of Jordanian Forces into Afghanistan. Col Sweeney was also responsible for the security and operations of Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Province Afghanistan which was home to 19,000 residents that included multi-national and joint military units and civilians supporting military operations.
Mike Sweeney has a Master’s Degree in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and a Master’s in Business Administration from National University. His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit x3, Bronze Star, and number of other awards and citations. Mike was born in Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Degree in Design Engineering and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in May of 1988.
Mike joined the REDCOM team because of the quality of the people who work here, and because he thought that his experience and knowledge in the market could help ‘move the ball down the field’. Since being here, he recognizes that REDCOM’s core capability is our own operational flexibility, in that we’re extremely responsive while always maintaining a quality, drive, and professionalism. In his words, “Other companies fix problems…we design, engineer, and manufacture solutions. There’s a big difference.” An avid athlete, Mike Sweeney played Division IA College Football, and enjoys all outdoor activities.