Michael H. Herson is President of American Defense International, Inc. He was raised in New Jersey and has a Bachelors Degree in American Government from Georgetown University, a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law, and a Masters Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University. He is admitted to the Bar in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
While a student at Georgetown, Michael Herson was selected to be a White House Intern where he served in the Executive Office of President Ronald Reagan and on the speech writing staff of Vice President George Bush. After returning to Washington in 1990, Herson was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Management and Personnel, the Pentagon's senior manpower official responsible for all personnel policy and oversight of the recruiting, training, compensation, support, and management of the Department's military and civilian personnel.
After leaving the Department of Defense in early 1993, Michael Herson joined the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution as a Visiting Fellow for National Security Affairs. From April 1993 to June 1993, Herson was part of the team that successfully defended the Great Lakes Naval Training Center before the Base Closure Commission. From August 1993 through September 1994, Michael Herson was the Assistant Vice President of HealthCare Imaging Services, Inc. in Middletown, New Jersey, a health care company which specializes in magnetic resonance imaging. On June 7, 1994, Michael Herson won the Republican primary election becoming his party's nominee for the U.S. Congress in New Jersey's Sixth District and received national recognition as one of the youngest candidates in the country.
Michael Herson has served as a national security advisor to several Congressional candidates and is also the recipient of several honors and awards. In 1993, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. He was MDA of Central Jersey's Man of the Year in 1994, and he was the keynote speaker at the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC in January 1995.