General Sir Michael David "Mike" Jackson GCB, CBE, DSO, ADC, DL, (born 21 March 1944) is a retired British army officer, formerly Chief of the General Staff. He was formerly commander of KFOR in Kosovo as well as being an IFOR commander in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as adjutant 1 PARA in Derry during the events of Bloody Sunday and a company commander with the Parachute Regiment in South Armagh during the Warrenpoint Ambush.
Jackson's father was a British Army officer who retired at the rank of major having suffered a heart attack. His mother was from the West Riding of Yorkshire. Jackson was educated at Stamford School in south Lincolnshire.
Jackson was commissioned into the Intelligence Corps in 1963 as a second lieutenant at the age of nineteen, having gained a degree in Russian studies from the University of Birmingham. He was promoted to lieutenant on 20 June 1965 and captain on 20 December 1969.