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General Patrick O’Reilly Once Again Working for Defense

General Patrick O’Reilly begins new position focused on international defense.

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Retired General Patrick O’Reilly has accepted an appointment as a Senior Fellow in the Brent Scrowcroft Center for International Security of the Atlantic Council. General Patrick O’Reilly’s experience and the center’s goals are a great fit.

 

The Brent Scrowcroft Center for International Security was first started in September 2012 in an effort to further develop the Atlantic Council’s focus on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). General Patrick O’Reilly is pleased to begin his tenure with the Brent Scrowcroft Center. “The opportunity is one I relish. There is nothing more fulfilling than pro-actively addressing the major security and societal issues that face our countries and our allies in the 21st century” said General Patrick O’Reilly.

 

In addition to focusing on NATO, the Brent Scrowcroft Center is dedicated to studying regional and international security as it pertains to challenges to the United States and its allies. One such focus, though relatively newer in conception, is on enhancing deterrence and collaborative defense for NATO and our international partners in the Asia-Pacific region. General Patrick O’Reilly will be working with this program, in addition to a few others. One of those other programs is the development of universal data fusion capabilities that will enable all missile defense systems, and sensors from any country, to be combined into cost effective missile defense and  the influence of General Patrick O’Reilly will very likely be evident. This initiative has the goal of understanding cooperative ballistic missile defense requirements and applying that knowledge to achieve cost effective missile protection for the United States, its allies, and its partners. Missile proliferation, fueled by North Korea and Iran, have led to an international focus on deterring arms sales, and General Patrick O’Reilly as a member of the Brent Scrowcroft Center will concentrate on ideas to devalue the international arms market.

 

General Patrick O’Reilly said, “I understand that we are in a constantly shifting international environment, and it is our focus, to stay up to date with the evolving landscape and trends.” General Patrick O’Reilly brings 34 years of military experience with him to his position as a Senior Fellow.

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Patrick O’Reilly is Featured on Radio Talk Show

In an interview on a radio talk show, Patrick O’Reilly gives some background on the impact of Russia’s recent sale of S-300 to Syria and other defense related topics.

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Patrick O’Reilly, a retired general with the United States Military, was interviewed in May 2013 on the David Webb radio talk show on SiriusXM. During the interview, Patrick O’Reilly was asked about the pending delivery of Russian S-300 air and missile defense systems to Syria and its impact on the civil war. General Patrick O’Reilly was clear that the primary threat imposed by Syrian S-300s is against aircraft and possible NATO and other countries’ enforcement of a potential “no-fly” zone to limit the Syrian government’s advantage in the civil war. Patrick O’Reilly elaborated that as a missile defense system, the S-300 had very limited capability against long range missiles possessed by the US, NATO, Israel and other countries in the region. Additionally, LTG Patrick O’Reilly emphasized that without proper training and an integrated command and control structure, the S-300s will only protect small regions that can be readily avoided by offensive missiles. When asked why missile defense testing was so expensive, General Patrick O’Reilly explained that for safety reasons, missile defense testing usually covered almost a quarter of the earth’s surface and required the use of almost every available test radar, communication, other assets, and test range employees of the US government for each test. Patrick O’Reilly added that the tremendous amount of data recorded in these tests usually required at least six months to analyze. Thus, missile defense testing is expensive and infrequent. Therefore, much of our understanding of the performance of our missile defense systems is derived from detailed simulations.

 

When asked about the impact of the budget Sequestration on missile defense of Europe, LT Gen O'Reilly stated that the deployment timeline may get delayed by a year, but the capability for the first three phases of the European Phased Adaptive Approach will not be diminished.

 

The interview concluded with discussion about the ballistic missile defense systems that Patrick O’Reilly helped make a reality and have changed the security posture of the United States. Today, LTG O’Reilly stated that our recently demonstrated ability to track missiles from satellites in space and command interceptors to destroy the missiles is revolutionary.

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Thirty-Four Years of Outstanding Service to the U.S Army: General Patrick O’Reilly

Patrick O’Reilly has been a Commissioned Officer for 34 years for the United States Army. He has accomplished great achievements and has held many leadership roles throughout his career.

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LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly began his military career at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. LTG Patrick O’Reilly graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Basic Science. General O’Reilly went on to obtain Master’s Degrees in Physics, National Security and Strategic Planning, and Management. LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly says he “shared his love for science” with students as an Associate Professor at West Point teaching Physics for three years. Patrick O’Reilly’s education and academic career greatly aided his successful advancement in the U.S Army to greater positions of responsibility.

Later in his career, LTG Patrick O’Reilly applied his knowledge of physics as the Project Manager of Directed Energy Systems. In 1994, General Patrick O’Reilly was selected as Product Manager of the PATRIOT Advanced Capability 3 interceptor project. From 1998 to 1999, Patrick O’Reilly was the Executive Officer for the Military Assistant to the Army Acquisition Executive in the Pentagon.

An experienced acquisition leader, LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly was selected for Director of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program where for four years he led 500 people manage a $1 billion per year development of a highly successful missile interceptor system project. In 2003, LTG Patrick O’Reilly was selected as the Program Executive Officer for Combat Support and Combat Service Support Systems where he was responsible for leading 3,000 people manage a $4 billion a year, diverse portfolio of Army vehicle, construction, and life support equipment projects.

Two years later, General Patrick O’Reilly was assigned as the Program Manager of the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense Program. In this position, Patrick O’Reilly was responsible for 2,000 people working on a $3 billion a year missile system project to protect the United States from missile attacks. Proving himself an effective leader, General Patrick O’Reilly was subsequently assigned as the Deputy Director of the Missile Defense Agency that eventually led to his nomination by the President of the United States, and confirmation by the US Senate, as Director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. In this position, LTG Patrick O’Reilly led 8,000 people in an $8 billion a year globally deployed Federal agency.

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Accomplished Military Officer: Retired General Patrick O'Reilly

Retired General Patrick O’Reilly reflects on the many great opportunities afforded him during his distinguished career of military service to the United States

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Throughout his military career, General Patrick O’Reilly willingly accepted and excelled in difficult jobs as a result of his leadership, hard work, vision and determination. Retired General O’Reilly was pleased that throughout his career, his success was rewarded with increased responsibility and greater opportunities to serve our nation.

 

“It was always an honor to be selected for a leadership position. It was never simply par for the course. I know what goes into the process of selecting leaders and did not take it lightly,” said retired General Patrick O’Reilly. During his tenure, Retired General Patrick O’Reilly received the following awards: Defense Superior Service Award (received two times); Legion of Merit (received two times); Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal (received seven times); and other awards. He feels truly honored to have been placed in positions of great responsibility that resulted in these awards.

 

“General Patrick O’Reilly was almost always a candidate for leadership positions as he consistently excelled in all assigned missions. In virtually every aspect of every position he held, he could be counted on for his consistency” stated one of his superiors. It was always clear to anyone who worked with him, though, that he was never working for promotions, but was focused on accomplishing his assigned missions to the greatest extent possible. The way he approached is military career was with commitment, energetic pursuit of excellence and inspirational motivation of his teammates.

 

“The way I worked in the military was a reflection of my work ethic engrained in me while growing up and working on my relatives’ farms in Nebraska. I was given the room to grow and expand my personal horizons. I did not need the recognition but always appreciated it when it was received,” stated General Patrick O’Reilly. He also acknowledges that not everyone has had his good fortune of a career either in the military or in the civilian world. “I was often in the right place at the right time. I made defending the United States my number one priority. How could I go wrong?” asks General Patrick O’Reilly with a smile.

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Patrick O’Reilly’s Leadership Accomplishments

Retired LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly is a leader in the field of missile defense and acquisition programs for national security. He has experience in many leadership positions throughout his 34 years as a Commissioned Officer for the U.S. Army.

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LTG Patrick O’Reilly performed in many roles and held leadership positions throughout his career that greatly impacted the U.S. military achievements. Proving early in his career that he was capable of great leadership, General Patrick O’Reilly was rapidly assigned increasingly significant and challenging responsibilities. His career started at West Point U.S. Military Academy where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Basic Science. Patrick O’Reilly then went on to obtain Master’s Degrees in Physics, National Security and Strategic Studies, and Management. His “broad education was the foundation of his career,” says LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly.

Today, LTG Patrick O’Reilly is known for his leadership in stimulating idea integration, disciplined management, and rigorous systems engineering and research in aerospace, as well as automotive and civil engineering programs. General Patrick O’Reilly has experience in technical policy formulation, contracting authority for many small to very large government contracts, and overseeing extensive development, testing, and production of missiles and electronics.

Patrick O’Reilly works as a consultant today providing industry and university leaders perspective on contracting with the government, Department of Defense policies, strategic planning, university and industry collaboration, international projects, project initiation and management, risk management strategies, performance measurement, and cultivating workforce competencies to address evolving markets and future government needs. Retired LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly is also an expert in leadership and management of complex, technology development programs.

LTG Patrick O’Reilly’s experience comes from years of serving as Product Manager, Project Manager, Program Director, Program Executive Officer, and as the Director of the Missile Defense Agency under the Department of Defense. In the role of Director, General Patrick O’Reilly led 8,000 people in an $8 billion per year, globally deployed, Federal agency. It required Patrick O’Reilly to act as a decisive leader and effective manager. During his time as Director, LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly directed 20 Department of Defense and nine international research and development programs from 2008 to 2012.

His work here gained him recognition by the U.S Army, the U.S. government, and leaders such as the President of the United States and Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama. LTG Patrick O’Reilly received many awards and medals for his service to the Department of Defense.

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Patrick O’Reilly Speaks on Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center Panel

Retired LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly is regarded as an expert in missile defense and national security policies. The Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center asked retired LTG Patrick O’Reilly to speak on the subject of the impact of recent Obama Administration changes on missile defense on international security along with two other experts in the field.

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General Patrick O’Reilly is a leader in the field of missile defense and national security. As a Commissioned Officer for the United States Army for 34 years, Patrick O’Reilly has a great deal of experience with defense acquisition programs, missile defense and international security. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly is highly educated with Master’s Degrees in Physics, National Security and Strategic Studies, and Management. LTG Patrick O’Reilly readily applied his education to further his military career.

General Patrick O’Reilly was asked to join a panel of three experts by the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on the subject of the Administrations recent missile defense program changes. Specifically, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center was holding a conference on the implications of the Obama Administration’s announcement regarding changes to U.S. missile defense plans and deployments. As a technical expert on missile defense, Patrick O’Reilly insights contributed greatly to the panel of informed speakers. “The panel discussion was extremely informative on today’s current policies and challenges facing missile defense and national security,” says Patrick O’Reilly.

Throughout his career, LTG Patrick O’Reilly held many leadership positions and was the Director and Project Manager of many projects and programs in the Army and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Some of General Patrick O’Reilly’s roles included: Program Director of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) program, Program Executive Officer for Army Combat Support and Combat Service Support Systems, Program Director of the Ground-Based Missile Defense Program, Deputy Director and the Director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency.

Patrick O’Reilly’s career has greatly impacted the U.S. policy on missile defense. As Director of the Missile Defense Agency, LT Gen Patrick O’Reilly oversaw the revitalization of missile defense flight testing, the construction an additional missile defense interceptor field in Alaska to strengthen the strategic defense of the United States and the global deployment of extensive number of missile defense assets. In addition, LTG Patrick O’Reilly worked with Secretary of Defense and the Department of State to combat the threats to our Armed Forces in Europe of ballistic missiles from the Middle East.

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