New Missile Defense Agency Chief Selected

The White House has tapped a senior Army official with extensive experience in missile defense programs to succeed Lt. Gen. Henry Obering as head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Army Times reported today (see GSN, April 9, 2004).

Maj. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly has served as director of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program and as product manager for the Patriot Advanced Capability 3 missile interceptor and the Theater High-Altitude Area Defense system.  He also oversaw directed energy programs that include the Airborne Laser project.

Obering, who became agency director in 2004, has not announced if he plans to retire or seek a new post, according to MDA spokesman Rick Lehner (Michael Hoffman, Army Times, March 19).

March 19, 2008
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The White House has tapped a senior Army official with extensive experience in missile defense programs to succeed Lt. Gen. Henry Obering as head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, the Army Times reported today (see GSN, April 9, 2004).