Robert ‘Mike’ Vaughn
Mike Vaughn is the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of VATC, the leading provider of global strategies, training, and technology for secure operations around the world for the U.S. and its partners. As COO, Mike leads VATC’s global operations, ensuring the company’s ability to develop, deliver, and execute advanced training solutions in support of complex missions.
Before starting VATC in 2003 with his partner, VATC President and CEO Sara Moola, Mike was a Senior Management and Training Consultant to USSOCOM Headquarters on Force Development and Transformation, with a particular emphasis on International Joint Training. He has additional experience managing engineering, geospatial intelligence operations, and global distributed mission operations for USSOCOM and Air Force Special Operations Simulations and Aircrew Training. Before entering the defense industry, Mike served 21 years in the U.S. military, spending the majority of his career in Special Operations.
Mike was honored for his service and dedication to his work by the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Heroes at Work Awards. This awards program recognizes Tampa Bay area veterans who are creating jobs and making a positive impact throughout the community.
In addition to his role at VATC, Mike is also a co-founder of Warrior Outdoor Leadership for the Future, or WOLF, a nonprofit organization that provides college or career-bound children of fallen Special Operations soldiers a summer leadership camp and introduction to industry leaders for mentoring and future career opportunities. Mike holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University and a Master’s degree in Aerospace Management and Operations from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.