Michael James Barton is the current Director of Energy and Natural Resources at ARTIS Research. He has extensive experience in National Security, Homeland Security, counterterrorism, and energy policymaking and is the former Senior Policy Advisor at a publicly traded Silicon Valley energy company.
From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Barton served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). In his role there as Deputy Director of the Middle East Policy Office, he crafted, analyzed, and carried out the nation’s security policies as directed by the President and the Secretary of Defense. In addition, he also served as the senior OSD policy advisor on Iranian matters. While in OSD, he ensured that cultural, economic, and energy factors were woven into decisions regarding the Middle East and Iran. For his efforts in the national security arena, Mr. Barton was a 2009 recipient of the OSD Exceptional Public Service Medal.
Prior to joining the Defense Department, Mr. Barton served at the White House on the Homeland Security Council staff. There he coordinated homeland security-related activities among executive Departments and Agencies and promoted the effective development and implementation of homeland security measures. Mr. Barton’s primary focus was on immigration security policies and domestic counterterrorism.
Prior to his work at the White House, Mr. Barton served from 2001 to 2003 on the Senate Banking Committee staff where he was responsible for a wide range of legislative matters including international trade, banking, and energy.
Mr. Barton holds a M.A. degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Houston. He is a speaker for the American Committees on Foreign Relations and for the Federalist Society. Mr. Barton is also an advisory board member at the Bryce Foundation, which assists in research efforts on behalf of children suffering from cancer, and which supports their families.