Tom O'Leary is Executive Vice President of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and heads the Strategy, Plans and Programs section. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2001. In July of 2001, he joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as a Senior Research Fellow and was subsequently detailed as an IPA from Potomac Institute to the Department of Navy. While an IPA, he served as the first Program Manager for the Littoral Combat Future Naval Capabilities program, then as the Director, Expeditionary Warfare Operations Technology Division, Office of Naval Research, and finally as Technical Director, Marine Corps Warfighting Lab.
As a Marine, he served in a variety of service and joint command and staff assignments. He participated in several operations to include the Multi-National Peace-Keeping Force, Beirut; Operation Snowcap; Operation Desert Shield; Operation Desert Storm; Operation Sea Angel; and Operation Restore Hope. He also participated in the Marine Corps' Advanced Warfighting Experiments (AWE) Hunter Warrior and Urban Warrior.
Upon retiring from the Marine Corps, he joined the Institute for Defense Analyses as a Research Staff Member where he was the Task Leader for the Joint Study on Effects Based Operations.
Mr. O'Leary holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Science Degree from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Arts Degree from the Naval War College.
Over the last thirty years, Mr. O'Leary has developed technical expertise in a number of areas:
- Strategic Planning and Policy
- Program and Financial Management
- Joint and Service Transformation
- Joint and Service Concept Development and Experimentation
- Operational Command and Control
- Science and Technology Management
- Science and Technology Transition and Insertion
- Countering Terrorism
- Urban Operations
- Training and Education Management