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#31: Adaptability and Recognizing Opportunity with Mike Ledbetter

Mike is currently the Senior Vice President of Data Science & Cyber and information warfare at Colsa Corp. He has a combined 29.5 years of service (active and reserves) in the United States Marine Corps. 


Mike Ledbetter shares his 29.5-years as an active duty and reserve officer in the United States Marine Corps. Mike’s nontraditional career path began with the Infantry Officer Course before becoming a Marine F/A 18 aviator and later transitioning into the acquisition field. Mike also served in Iraq as a Company Commander after being activated while flying for American Airlines, and this is when he discovered the airline business wasn’t for him. He wanted to do something in the business world and so he did.

Mike went on to work for a medical devices company and a consulting firm before entering the acquisition business.  He shares his passion for learning and how he finds balance in daily life.  

Enjoy this episode of The Make Your Move Podcast.

Episode Highlights

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00.00 – 11:45: Mike discusses his active duty and reserve service with the United States Marine Corps before transitioning into civil aviation as an airline pilot.  The airline industry wasn’t for him and thus the journey into the business world began.

11:45 – 15:51: Mike discusses his time in the acquisition sector and how he uses those skills at his company serving the defense industrial base.

15:51 – 22:30: Mike shares his educational journey and how his studies are geared around the defense industrial base and later shares what his “do over” in life would be.

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Connect with Mike Ledbetter

Connect with Mike Ledbetter:

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/mikeledbetter7523

Email– [email protected] / [email protected]

Phone – 256-347-4762

Company Website – www.colsa.com

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Gene spent nearly 25 years in uniform, serving in six ships and more than ten duty stations, and visiting over 50 countries serving as a US Navy Surface Warfare Officer and retiring as a Captain. In corporate, he led legislative affairs for a large international defense company from the Washington, DC office. In doing so, Gene gained a detailed understanding of the defense industrial base and supply chains of myriad platforms, systems and capabilities. Then in 2013, he took the leap to start his own business, Capitol Integration. Since then Gene has helped scores of companies improve their federal positions.

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