John L. O’Brien is an Associate Professor of Systems Management at the National Defense University (NDU) College of Information and Cyberspace (CIC). His areas of interest include strategic planning, performance management and public sector ethics.
John’s position at NDU culminated a thirty year career in the United States Air Force. He served as Executive Support Officer to SECDEF William J. Perry, was assigned to the National SIGINT Committee and worked for the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Defense Intelligence Agency and Defense Logistics Agency. He was part of the USAF Information Publishing Service’s initial electronic-publishing effort to transfer Air Force administrative publications onto CD-ROM, and, while assigned to a NATO Headquarters in Naples Italy, functioned as Administrative Chief for the team that produced two landmark documents for the Dayton Peace Accords of Bosnia-Herzegovina. During Operation DESERT STORM, John deployed to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where his efforts in standing up the 4404th Composite Wing’s initial Information Management function resulted in his selection as Tactical Air Command Base Information Manager of the Year for 1991.
John is a graduate of the Air Force Institute of Technology with a M.S. in Information Resource Management, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. He holds an MPA from Governors State University, and is a Ph. D candidate in Public Administration through the Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy.