Lieutenant Colonel Michael Burgoyne joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in July 2016 as a Military Professor. His areas of focus at DKI APCSS are Security Cooperation, International Affairs, Taiwan, and China.
His experience in the Asia-Pacific includes most recently serving as the Army Programs Officer at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), Taipei. Before that, he was a university student in Beijing, an intern in the Defense Attaché Office in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and an intern in the Liaison Affairs Section at AIT.
Lt. Col. Burgoyne started his military career as a Field Artillery Officer in 1997. He served in numerous leadership and staff positions in the 1st Infantry Division, III Corps, and the 1st Cavalry Division. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 as a Battery Commander in Baghdad, Fallujah, and North Babil.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard. He is a graduate of the Basic Chinese Mandarin Course at the Defense Language Institute, the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, the Armor Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Command and General Staff College – Common Core, and the Security Cooperation Management Overseas Course.
Lt. Col. Burgoyne’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one device, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal with one device, the Navy Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Army Parachutist Badge.