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LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly Calls the Atlantic Council Home

LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly has accepted a new position with the Atlantic Council that will focus on understanding national security challenges.

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LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly is extremely pleased that he can apply his 34 years of military experience and education to address the difficult national and global challenges, which are the focus of the Atlantic Council. With LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly’s new position as a senior fellow at the Brent Scrowcroft Center for International Security, he will have the exciting opportunity to collaborate with very knowledgeable and experienced colleagues.

 

The Atlantic Council’s goal is to build leadership and engagement between different foreign and domestic entities, all focused on fostering collaborative approaches to solving the major issues of the 21st century. LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly will be joining the organization, founded in 1961, as an experienced veteran of international and domestic defense implementation, technology management and policy. LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly has held various leadership positions prior to his retirement from the US Army.

 

The Atlantic Council as a whole is dedicated to stimulating policy dialog between governments and providing forums for a wide variety of issues. LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly said, “The Atlantic Council is a very effective organization. Their sole goal is to build positive collaboration between different countries, and I am hoping to help them in any way I can.” LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly will be specifically helping them in their Brent Scrowcroft Center for International Security. His role there will be to provide experience in space, technology, missile defense and shaping the labor force to meet future needs.

 

“It is an exciting chance I get to be able to contribute to a highly successful organization,” said LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly. He will be joining the council in its 52nd year of existence. While LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly will be working with the programs dedicated to International Security, the Atlantic Council has many other areas of operation. Their span of influence stretches from environmental and energy issues to global business and economy, transatlantic relations, and youth programs for emerging leaders. “I am impressed the way the Atlantic Council focuses on so many different areas of collaboration, because no one issue is independent of another,” said LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly.

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A Tribute to a Transformational Career: LT Gen Patrick O'Reilly

Honorable Mo Brooks paid tribute to the exceptional career of LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly

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In September 2012, the Honorable Mo Brooks from Alabama paid a glowing tribute for the record in the United States House of Representatives about LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly. The tribute to the service and impressive career of LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly highlighted his accomplishments during his thirty-eight years of service. He had recently announced his retirement and Honorable Mo Brooks took it as an opportunity to compliment and acknowledge his career.

 

The tribute began with an overview of when LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly was a cadet at West Point and his first assignments as an officer in the operational Army. Congressman Brooks emphasized LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly’s commitment to education as indicated by his three graduate degrees in science, business and liberal arts and his earning an Associate Professor of Physics position at West Point. Patrick O’Reilly’s mid-career accomplishments were in successive project manager positions in the PATRIOT, THAAD and Ground-based Midcourse Defense programs.

 

Congressman Brooks concluded the tribute by highlighting LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly’s achievements as a general officer including being responsible for the armoring of 38,000 vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan, three successful homeland defense flight tests, and his leadership of the eight thousand person Missile Defense Agency.

 

“It was fulfilling to look back on my own career. When you are living it and immersed in all of the deadlines, projects and activities, you do not always see what you and the people you are working with are accomplishing. After reading Congressman Brook’s tribute, recalls LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly, he reflected on his fortune for having the opportunity to be part of great accomplishments for our nation.

 

“My career was a series of opportunities to serve our nation in a meaningful way. I continually developed my leadership, management and military operational skills and was recognized for this by given greater responsibilities. I wouldn’t change the experiences I had for anything,” LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly said with pride. The tribute concluded with a heartwarming thank you to the general’s wife of 34 years and children who endured the stresses those military families quietly endure as they serve our nation too.

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Retired LTG Patrick O’Reilly Consults Leaders in New Role

Retired General Patrick O’Reilly has always been a leader throughout his career as a Commissioned Officer. Now, Patrick O’Reilly is sharing his experience as a consultant to industry and university leaders

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Retired LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly has been a Commissioned Officer for the United States Army for 34 years. Throughout his career, retired LTG Patrick O’Reilly has held many leadership positions and roles that demonstrated a strong work ethic, excellent managerial skills, and proved him to be an outstanding leader in very challenging circumstances. General Patrick O’Reilly has contributed greatly to historical developments in the U.S. military and missile defense policies. Patrick O’Reilly has been recognized by the Department of Defense and Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama for his achievements in this field.

LTG Patrick O’Reilly started his career in the U.S Army with an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Basic Science. “My preparation as an officer at West Point was the key to my long and successful career in the military,” says LTG Patrick O’Reilly. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 1978, General Patrick O’Reilly went on to obtain Master’s Degrees in Physics, National Security and Strategic Studies, and Management.

LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly was assigned significant leadership responsibilities early in his Army career such as Maintenance Shop Manager in the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas, Commander of a Heavy Maintenance Company in Germany, Associate Professor at West Point, and Project Manager of Directed Energy Systems, PATRIOT Advanced Capability 3, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and, the Ground-Based Missile Defense Programs. LTG O’Reilly also served as the Program Executive Officer of Army Combat Support and Combat Service Support Systems.

This experience led LTG Patrick O’Reilly to his nomination by the President of the United States, and confirmation by the U.S. Senate, as Director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. In this role, General Patrick O’Reilly was responsible for leading 8,000 people in a $3 billion per year, globally deployed, Federal agency. The experience gained through this position was invaluable, and Patrick O’Reilly made great and historical contributions to the country’s missile defense systems. Today, he is recognized for his accomplishments throughout his military career.

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LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly Recipient of Prestigious Awards

Retired LTG Patrick O’Reilly has been recognized for his outstanding work and leadership throughout his 34 years as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army.

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General Patrick O’Reilly is an expert in the field of missile defense and the application of technology for national security. Patrick O’Reilly has gained respect from his colleagues as has made great achievements throughout his career with the U.S Army. An effective leader, LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly has made many significant contributions to the Department of Defense. As the Director of the Missile Defense Agency, LTG O’Reilly revised many management processes, influenced deployment strategies, changed the approach to testing, and oversaw an extensive global deployment of missile defense assets.

LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly has been recognized for his contributions to the Defense Department with several prestigious awards throughout his career. General Patrick O’Reilly is a two-time recipient of the Defense Superior Service Award. Patrick O’Reilly has also been presented the Legion of Merit on two separate occasions. LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and is also the seven-time recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal. LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly has additionally received much other recognition throughout his career.

In 2012, Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama gave a speech in the House of Representatives in tribute to the Army career served by General Patrick O’Reilly. “His service to this great nation spans nearly four decades that witness dramatic changes to the strategic national security landscape, organizational structure of the Unites States Army and military services,” said Congressman Mo Brooks. It was a great recognition of Patrick O’Reilly’s 34 years of service.

LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly has also been honored by Purdue University in being selected to give and present the prestigious William E. Boeing distinguished lecture for 2012 to Purdue Engineering students. The honor was a great reflection to the successful career of LTG Patrick O’Reilly and his accomplishments in the application of aerospace engineering. General Patrick O’Reilly has also spoken at many other universities across the United States including Harvard, Nebraska, Iowa State, Tennessee, Tuskegee, Alabama, Auburn, Howard and many universities overseas.

Patrick O’Reilly’s career and achievements continue to be shared as he now works as a consultant to leaders in industry and universities looking for perspective on government policies, contracting, and public/private collaboration.

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LTG Patrick O’Reilly Accepts New AppointmentLTG Patrick O’Reilly Accepts New Appointment

LTG Patrick O’Reilly accepts a new appointment as a Senior Fellow in the Brent Scrowcroft Center for International Security of the Atlantic Council.

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Retired LTG Patrick O’Reilly has recently accepted a new position, as a Senior Fellow in the Brent Scrowcroft Center for International Security of the Atlantic Council. The Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security is a division of the Atlantic Council that promotes international security relationships.  LTG Patrick O’Reilly will contribute to the Atlantic Council’s long-standing focus on NATO and the transatlantic partnership, while also studying 'over the horizon' regional and functional security challenges to the United States, its allies, and partners.

 

LTG Patrick O’Reilly’s new position allows him to advocate solutions to security challenges to the United States and its allies, advocate space policies, and investigate the impact of new technologies and educating workforces to meet 21st century needs.  His involvement will include analyzing new concepts of deterrence and collaborative defense for NATO and US interests in Asia and the Pacific. LTG Patrick O’Reilly will research new developments in those areas reinforced by his experience as a Project Manager for PATRIOT Advanced Capability 3 Missile, the Program Director for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), the Program Director for the Ground-Based Missile Defense Program, and Deputy Director and Director of the Missile Defense Agency. 

 

LTG Patrick O’Reilly is pleased at the prospects of the new opportunity, stating, “I am enthusiastic about my role as a Senior Fellow. I am excited to learn and collaborate with my colleges to influence agendas on both sides of the Atlantic.”

 

As someone with extensive defense and international experience, LTG Patrick O’Reilly’s experience aligns well with the Atlantic Council. His four years as Director of the Missile Defense Agency demonstrated his skills at incorporating significantly diverse perspectives and large amounts of data to form compelling policy proposals. “I have been fortunate to experience a broad spectrum of international perspectives over the years, and I’ve learned how to foster collaborative solutions among those perspectives.  There are many daunting issues facing the transatlantic community in the 21st century,” said LTG Patrick O’Reilly.

 

Retired LTG Patrick O’Reilly also continues to consultant for industry and university leaders, and volunteers as a disaster relief specialist for the American Red Cross.

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LTG Patrick O'Reilly Speaks at Harvard and Other Universities

LTG Patrick O’Reilly speaks at Harvard on deterrence

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LTG Patrick O’Reilly was invited as one of a series of speakers as part of a “deterrence” program hosted by Harvard University. The series of influential military leaders were invited by Harvard to gain different perspectives on some of the most pressing issues that face the US and our Allies. LTG Patrick O’Reilly offered his insights on missile defense and the development of military defense systems. “It was an honor to speak at Harvard University. I enjoyed a respectful, intellectual discussion about complex defense issues with the faculty and fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government,” said LTG Patrick O’Reilly.

 

LTG Patrick O’Reilly shared his insight into research and systems development to student audiences at Prairie View A&M, Iowa State, Howard University, Purdue, University of Alabama, Nebraska, Tuskegee, Auburn, North Carolina State, North Carolina A&M and Alabama A&M. He enjoys these presentations as it is an opportunity to not only to describe his work, but it was also an avenue to make it understandable to those who are not familiar with the military. An attendee at one of his presentations noted that, “LTG Patrick O’Reilly was an enjoyable speaker to hear. He made missile defense systems and the concept of deterrence tangible to me. I looked back on my notes and was surprised at how much more I took away from his presentation.”

 

LTG Patrick O’Reilly is quite a visual person so he is always armed with many charts to supplement his presentations. University audiences were pleased to have this information to take away with them. “It gave the much needed clarity to fully understand what LTG Patrick O’Reilly was talking about. I am majoring in Engineering and want to join the military as well. I am fascinated by what LTG Patrick O’Reilly does and understand a great deal of it. The charts he provided really gave me the entire picture,” stated a student participant. LTG Patrick O’Reilly was clear that the most enjoyable aspect of his university visits were his discussions with the faculty and the questions and answer sessions at the conclusion of each of his presentations.

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LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly Honored by Purdue

Retired LTG Patrick O’Reilly was recognized and honored by Purdue University as the presenter of the William E. Boeing distinguished lecture to their aerospace engineering students in 2012.

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On February 28, 2012, General Patrick O’Reilly presented Purdue Engineering students with the William E. Boeing distinguished lecture as a recognized leader and expert in the application of technologies for the Department of Defense. Patrick O’Reilly has served his country as a Commissioned Officer for 34 years and has made many outstanding achievements in missile defense and national security. Purdue selected LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly to give the prestigious speech as a reflection on his outstanding career as a leader and innovator of applied aerospace engineering.

LTG Patrick O’Reilly is well educated as a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. General Patrick O’Reilly also has obtained three Master’s Degrees throughout his career in Physics, National Security and Strategic Studies, and Management. Patrick O’Reilly taught as an associate professor early on in his career at West Point. As an expert in the application of science, LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly was a professor of Physics for three years. Valuing education, LTG Patrick O’Reilly says he “has based his career on his well-rounded education.”

General Patrick O’Reilly has also been honored to speak at several other universities across the country including Harvard, Nebraska, Iowa State, Tennessee, Alabama, Howard, North Carolina State, Auburn, Tuskegee and Prairieview A&M Universities. In addition, Patrick O’Reilly has been asked to speak at many respected and prestigious think tanks. Recently in 2012, LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly participated as an expert on international security for the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center panel discussion. On this panel, LTG Patrick O’Reilly addressed the implications of the Obama Administration’s announcement regarding changes to U.S. missile defense plans and deployments.

General Patrick O’Reilly’s expertise in the field of international security is a result of his experience as the Director of the Missile Defense Agency and extensive program management experience on multiple Army and Department of Defense acquisition programs. Patrick O’Reilly served as the Director for four years and contributed greatly to the U.S. missile defense system we have today. As Director, LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly utilized his leadership and management skills to lead the 8,000 person, $8 Billion a year, globally deployed, Department of Defense Federal agency. LTG Patrick O’Reilly is known for his achievements in this role and his outstanding work in missile defense for the U.S. Army.

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