Mike graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon in 1968 and later earned advanced qualifications in project management and a master’s degree in the UK. He served as an infantry officer in Vietnam 1970-71 and then in instructional, staff and project management roles. A specialist in logistic management and defence acquisition planning, he played a major role in logistic planning and supply management for Australia’s operational deployments to East Timor, Bougainville and elsewhere.
He is a graduate of the Australian Staff College, the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies, the Royal Military College of Science (UK), the University of New South Wales and Cranfield University (UK). He holds the decoration of Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC). He has been heavily involved in military history studies and management of military museums, wrote Conscripts and Regulars, 1995 and several military bibliographies, and acts as advisor to a number of WW II unit associations. He is actively involved with the National Trust, the Royal Historical Society of Victoria and the Royal United Services Institute.
He supervised the Australian government undertaking (as a serving Army Reservist) to co-ordinate the recovery and identification of more than one hundred Australian soldiers killed in action at the Battle of Fromelles, France, during the First World War.
He is Immediate Past President of the Royal United Services Institute of Victoria and a member of the committee of the Friends of the Baillieu Library.