Patrick O'Reilly

  • Could North Korea Hit the United States with a Missile? Perhaps. Or, Maybe Not?

    While it does not confirm any specifics regarding Pyongyang’s nuclear capabilities, North Korea’s latest test of an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) indicates it may be able to strike the continental United States.

    According to the Pentagon’s initial assessment, the missile travelled approximately 1,000 kilometers before landing in the Sea of Japan. It flew higher and for a longer duration than two previous ICBM launches.

    “North Korea's missile launch is yet another step forward in the country's march toward fully deliverable nuclear weapons capable of hitting the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and any other potential targets,” said Jamie Metzl, a nonresident senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security.

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  • Hawaii Reinstates Cold War-Era Nuclear Sirens

    As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to simmer, Hawaii is preparing to resume a statewide test on Friday, November 24, of a Cold War-era early warning system designed to inform its residents of an impending nuclear attack.

    Lieutenant General Patrick O'Reilly responds: 

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  • Incentives and Processes Need Change to Make DOD’s Silicon Valley Outreach Work, Say Experts

    On April 23, Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter gave a speech at Stanford University where he claimed a greater link between Silicon Valley and the Department of Defense (DOD) would help "defend our country and help make a better world." His speech—and subsequent events—showed that Secretary Carter is serious about incubating many of the ideas emanating out West within the Pentagon's structures and processes. To discuss whether or not this is feasible, and what government, industry, and the general public should expect from this new initiative, the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security conducted a Google Hangout with prominent experts. The Hangout's discussants were:

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  • O'Reilly on the Russian-Made System Behind Downed Plane

    Defense News quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Patrick O'Reilly on the downed Malaysia Airlines plane near Ukraine's eastern border with Russia:

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  • O'Reilly on Downed MH17

    McClatchy quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Patrick O'Reilly on the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane near Ukraine's eastern border with Russia:

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  • O'Reilly on His Efforts to Improve Ground Based Interceptor Reliability

    The Los Anges Timescites Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Patrick O'Reilly's efforts to improve Ground Based Interceptor reliability while as Director of the Missile Defense Agency:

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  • Transcript: Missile Defense Agency: A Retrospective

    Moderator:
    Ian Brzezinski, Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council
     
    Panelists:
    Ronald T. Kadish, Executive Vice President, Defense Group, Booz Allen Hamilton
    Henry A. Obering, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
    Patrick O’Reilly, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council


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  • O'Reilly Receives Polished Armed Forces Gold Award

    Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow, Lieutenant General Patrick O’Reilly (Ret.) received the Polish Armed Forces Gold Award from the Polish Ministry of Defense on March 18. General O’Reilly was recognized for his contributions while he was director of the Missile Defense Agency at the US Department of Defense, where he served on the negotiating team for the US/Poland missile defense agreement and oversaw the establishment of the US/Polish missile defense site. The award was presented by Polish Defense Attaché, Brigadier General Jaroslaw Strozyk at a ceremony at the Polish Embassy. The occasion also celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of Poland’s entry into NATO.
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  • O'Reilly Quoted on NATO Missile Defense

    InsideDefense.com's Inside the Pentago quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Fellow and former Missile Defense Agency Director Patrick O'Reilly on NATO's missile defense network:

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  • Ten Ideas for Smarter NATO Missile Defense

    In the latest issue brief from the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, "Ten Ideas for Smarter NATO Missile Defense," Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow and former Director of the Missile Defense Agency Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, USA (Ret.) outlines ten feasible and cost-effective ways for NATO to encourage its member states to contribute to a continental missile defense system that adheres to the Alliance’s Smart Defense initiative.

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    The author advocates a cost-effective expansion of the missile defense program in the face of growing ballistic missile threats emanating from the Middle East and Asia and the rising insecurity of missiles installations located in places of instability. By utilizing all existing sensors, in addition to increasing interoperability and training for the missile defense system, NATO can quickly and affordably reduce the costs and risks associated with protecting NATO territory. 

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