Patrick O'Reilly

Nonresident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security


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Patrick O’Reilly, Lieutenant General, US Army (retired)

Pat is a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, where he focuses on strategic policies affecting business innovation, missile defense, energy and deterrence challenges. Pat is the corporate vice president for engineering at L3 Technologies and previously was the senior vice president of Alphabet Energy, an energy technology “start-up” company in the Silicon Valley. He is on the board of advisors of IP3 Corporation (a consortium of Nuclear Power, electrical distribution, systems engineering, and security companies) and ThermAvant Technologies (a thermal management technology company).  

Lieutenant General O’Reilly (Ret.) retired from the Army in 2013 after a thirty-five-year career highlighted by managing many unprecedented missile, radar, power, vehicle, engineer, watercraft, and logistic research and acquisition programs, cumulating as the director of the US Missile Defense Agency. Pat led the government integration of engineering teams and simulations across the aerospace industry and worked with all levels of the executive branch, congress, and the leadership of forty-two countries. A West Point graduate, Pat was an associate professor of physics at West Point with master’s degrees in physics, national security and strategic studies, and Management.  

Pat is a disaster relief associate for the American Red Cross, a member of the National Advisory Council of Spark 101 - a nonprofit organization focused on stimulating high school students’ interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math, and assists the poor as a St. Vincent de Paul Society case worker.