Michael Unbehauen was the founder of Acamar Analysis and Consulting, which emerged into the Acamar Institute. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Infantry Soldier in 2000. After attending Officer Candidate School (OCS), he was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer in 2007. He has served as an Air Defense Officer in multiple positions in the US, Germany, Poland, Israel, Kuwait, and Qatar. In the past he has worked directly with the Patriot Air Defense System, oversaw an Air Defense/ Airspace Management Cell with an Infantry Brigade and was a crew member on the Ground based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Weapons System. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a Master’s degree in International Relations.
Michael Unbehauen was the U.S. Army lead planner for Air and Missile Defense Theatre Cooperation in Europe as well as the lead planner for the presidentially mandated Patriot to Poland Rotations (P2P). He became one of the most profound experts in the U.S. Army on the AN/TPY-2 (FBM) Radar and played a vital role in the establishment of the U.S. NATO AN/TPY-2 (FBM) Radar in Turkey. He was selected to be the commander of the only foreign military installation in Israel, a U.S. AN/TPY-2 (FBM) Radar station in 2012, when an Israeli air strike against potential Iranian nuclear sites was believed to be imminent and Iranian retaliation with missiles against Israel was expected. As a Battalion Operations Officer, he planned and conducted the deployment of U.S. Patriot batteries to Turkey in support of NATO. He further served as the planning officer of the 100th Missile Defense Brigade, which is tasked with conducting the national security mission to defend the United States against the threat of an intercontinental ballistic missile attack. He was instrumental in creating the first standardized certification program for all AN/TPY-2 (FBM) radars and became the first Officer in Charge of the Standardization and Evaluation Team for those radars and the associated Sensor Management Cells worldwide.
Throughout his military career, his tasks included briefing the Commanding General of U.S. Army Europe weekly on developments in the field of air and missile defense in Europe. His audiences further included the USEUCOM Commander, the Commanding General of U.S. Air Forces Europe, various U.S. Congressional Delegations, and the Israeli Minister of Defense. After his active duty military career, he taught as senior instructor at the Future Warfare Center of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense School. He joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 2018 as a Space Operations Officer for U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and has supported Joint Functional Component Command-Integrated Missile Defense (JFCC-IMD). He also worked as a civilian missile defense expert for the Department of the US Air Force at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
Michael Unbehauen contributed to and provided analysis for the Acamar Institute since its inception to June 2022. Some of his past works can be viewed on the "Publications" page.