Colonel Michael Doherty is the Deputy Commander, 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Wing, headquartered at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.  The 70th Wing conducts signals intelligence and cyberspace missions to inform national leaders, combatant commanders, and component commanders and to enable air, space, and cyberspace operation for the Department of Defense. ‘America’s Cryptologic Wing’ also provides installation support services to more than 10,000 Airmen and dependents assigned to Fort Meade. Subordinate groups include the 373d ISR Group, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; 543d ISR Group, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas; 544th ISR Group, Buckley Space Force Base, Colorado; and the 659th ISR Group, 691st ISR Group, and 707th ISR Group at Fort George G. Meade.

Colonel Doherty received his commission in 1998 through the United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO.  He is both an intelligence and cyberspace officer with experience ranging across air, space, and cyberspace operations at the national, operational, and tactical levels.  Colonel Doherty has extensive experience with intelligence operations, cyberspace operations, Joint Special Operations, contingency operations, ISR operations, interagency partnerships, and intelligence analysis.
In his previous assignment, Colonel Doherty commanded over 1,200 Airmen assigned to four squadrons executing Air Force and National Security Agency missions at Ft George G. Meade, Maryland.  His Group operated an AF DCGS mission site, conducted operations as a fully integrated mission partner with the National Security Agency’s Data Acquisition Directorate, and manufactured and installed communications intelligence equipment for SIGINT missions worldwide.  Colonel Doherty was also the Deputy Chief of Enduring Targets within Computer Network Operations at the National Security Agency where he leveraged technical cyberspace capabilities to support strategic priorities and create opportunities for military advantage.  Colonel Doherty is a distinguished graduate of Air Command and Staff College and an alumni of the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies where he earned a Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy. 
Colonel Doherty is a Joint Qualified Officer and has had numerous deployments in support of contingency operations to include Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.  He has experience as a Joint Director of Intelligence and as an ISR operator for a Joint Special Operations Task Force where he accrued 537 combat hours in Iraq.  Colonel Doherty also deployed as the lead military advisor and mentor to the Afghanistan National Army Chief of Intelligence where he led a Joint and Coalition team to develop and field new capabilities for the Afghanistan National Army intelligence enterprise.
Colonel Michael Doherty is married to Colonel Meghan Doherty, USAF, and they have four children.
  • May 1994; Associate of Arts Degree, New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell NM
  • May 1998; Bachelor of Science Degree, Legal Studies and Philosophy, USAFA, Colorado Springs, CO
  • May 2002; Master’s Degree, Business Administration & Management, Webster University, San Antonio, TX
  • February 2003; Squadron Officer School (SOS), Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • March 2009; Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Air University, Correspondence
  • June 2012; Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), Air University, Residence – Distinguished Graduate
  • June 2012; Master of Military Operational Art & Science (ACSC), Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • June 2015; Master of Philosophy in Military Strategy (SAASS), Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL
  • December 2016; Air War Collage (AWC) Air University, Correspondence
  • March 2021, Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC), Joint and Combined Warfighting School, Norfolk, VA
  1. May 1998 - April 1999; Student, Intel Officer Course, 315th Training Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, TX.
  2. Apr 1999 - Apr 2000; Deputy Commander, Current Operations Flight, 67 OSS, Kelly Annex, TX.
  3. Apr 2000 - Apr 2001; Flight Commander, Plans & Exercises, 67 OSS, Lackland AFB, TX.
  4. Apr 2001 - Apr 2002; Chief, Operational Requirements Division, 67 IOW, Lackland AFB, TX.
  5. Apr 2002 - Nov 2002; Chief, Intelligence Plans & Programs, 437 OG, Charleston AFB, SC.
  6. Nov 2002 - Feb 2004; Group Executive Officer, 437 OG, Charleston AFB, SC.
  7. Feb 2004 - May 2007; Flight Commander, Special Operations Intelligence, 437 OG, Charleston AFB, SC.
  8. May 2007 – Jul 2011; Director of Intelligence, DATA MASKED.
  9. Jul 2011 – Jun 2012; Student, Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL.
  10. Jun 2012 – Jan 2013; Academic Instructor & Advisor, Air Command & Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL.
  11. Jan 2013 – Dec 2013; Military Advisor to the Afghanistan National Army Chief of Intelligence, Kabul, Afghanistan.
  12. Dec 2013 – Jul 2014; Director of Operations, 21 STUS, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL.
  13. July 2014 – June 2015; Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
  14. June 2015 – June 2017; Chief, AFCYBER Plans, 24th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
  15. June 2017 – June 2019; Commander, 48th Intelligence Squadron, Beale AFB, CA
  16. June 2019 – July 2021; Deputy Chief, Enduring Targets, National Security Agency, Ft Meade, MD.
  17. July 2021 – July 2023; Commander, 707th Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance Group, Ft Meade, MD.
  18. July 2023 – Present; Deputy Commander, 70th Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance Wing, Ft Meade, MD.
Defense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Combat Readiness Medal with one oak leaf cluster
National Defense Service Medal with Device
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with three devices
Iraqi Campaign Medal with two devices
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal
NATO Medal with device                                                                                            

(Current as of Sep 2023)