Michael Donahue

Dr. Michael Donahue is an adjunct professor in the Department of Graduate Studies, Joint Special Operations University, United States Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida.  He teaches cyberwarfare and policy for the university.  His industry background includes multiple cyberspace positions supporting Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, the military intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  Michael is a retired United States Air Force officer serving 20 years in the operational fields of cyber, information warfare, and international affairs.  He has worked directly with the Secret Service, FBI, and Homeland Security on multiple counterterrorism efforts in the field of cybersecurity.  Military assignments include Turkey, Guam, Russia, South Korea, Haiti, and two combat tours in Iraq.  Michael successfully defended his dissertation at the University of South Florida and graduate in December 2019.  His dissertation focused on creating a research design framework to help special operations practitioners apply Action Research towards organizational problem-solving.  Michael also holds a master’s degree from Troy University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.


  • DBA, Muma College of Business, University of South Florida
  • MAS, International Relations, Troy University
  • MBA, Aviation Systems Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • BA, Civil Law, Temple University

Courses Taught

MSC-714 Global Threat Environment
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Michael Donahue

Graduate Faculty