The U.S. armed forces is famous for breeding a specific type of leader: strong, steadfast and resolute in the face of crisis. These are the people you want in charge when the going gets tough, when the fire is coming in and you need quick, firm decisions to tackle the issue at hand.

You don’t usually find leaders like this in corporate America — but you will find them at IBM Security.

Mike Barcomb is the incident command leader at IBM X-Force, a role he took up in 2017 after more than two decades with the company. He’s also a retired colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve. During his time in the U.S. Army, Mike successfully led military and civilian personnel at various levels for 30 years, serving his active duty as a systems integration officer in Afghanistan from 2004–05.

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