After a military career that encompassed extensive combat operations, acquisition, operational planning, and legislative affairs assignments, Mike Shupp now puts his skills and credentials to use for national security clients as a Vice President for Van Scoyoc Associates.
“I like to take on the most challenging assignments, clearly defining objectives as a team and then pursuing them to meticulous completion,” Mr. Shupp says.
As a career U.S. Marine Corps officer, Mr. Shupp led troops in the most important military operations of the recent past, seeing action in Kuwait, Bosnia, and Iraq. He commanded the main effort during the Battle of Fallujah. After his regiment cleared that insurgent-occupied city during the largest urban battle since the Korean Conflict, Mr. Shupp was in charge of reconstruction of the city and the first free Iraqi elections there in 2005.
Between field assignments, Mr. Shupp managed the sale of 1,100 Light Armored Vehicles to Saudi Arabia and served as the Chief of Staff for the Nation’s urgent program to counter the enemy’s deadly use of improvised explosive devices in Iraq.
As the Marine Corps Director of Legislative Affairs for the House of Representatives and later as the principal advisor on legislative affairs to Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mr. Shupp skillfully navigated the halls of Congress in support of critical military issues. He retired as a colonel in 2008 after 27 years of faithful service to the Nation.
For clients interested in defense opportunities, Mr. Shupp sheds light on the requirements of the Joint Staff, combatant commanders, and the military services in the global war on terror. He provides a rare mix of senior combat leadership, legislative affairs experience at the highest military levels, and a comprehensive understanding of Department of Defense acquisition policies.
Reared in Bethlehem, Pa., Mr. Shupp earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the Virginia Military Institute and Master’s degrees in Business Management from Webster University and in Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He graduated from the School of Advanced Warfighting and numerous other military specialty schools. He was named an honorary graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 1989 for his dedicated service as a Company Officer in the Brigade of Midshipmen.
Mr. Shupp is the recipient of numerous military decorations for his courageous actions and professional accomplishments.