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Malcolm R. O'Neill Receives Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Award

March 30, 2012

Former Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (now the Missile Defense Agency) director Malcolm R. O'Neill (Lt. General, U.S. Army, Retired) is the recipient of the 2012 Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Award for his outstanding support and leadership of the United States' ballistic missile defense program.

He became the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology [ASA(ALT)] on March 4, 2010, following nomination for the position by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the United States Senate. As the ASA(ALT), Dr. O'Neill served as the Army Acquisition Executive, the Senior Procurement Executive, the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Army, and the Army's Senior Research and Development official. He also had principal responsibility for all Department of the Army matters related to logistics. He resigned his position in June 2011.

Dr. O'Neill led the execution of the Army's acquisition function and the acquisition management system. His responsibilities include providing oversight for the life cycle management and sustainment of Army weapons systems and equipment from research and development through test and evaluation, acquisition, logistics, fielding, and disposition. In addition, he was responsible for appointing, managing, and evaluating program executive officers as well as managing the Army Acquisition Corps and the Army Acquisition Workforce.

Prior to this position, Dr. O'Neill served as Chairman of the Board on Army Science and Technology for the National Academies and the National Research Council. From 2000 to 2006, he was Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation and from 1996 to 2000, Dr. O'Neill served as Vice President for Operations and Best Practices in the Space and Strategic Missiles Division at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

A veteran of 34 years of active military service, Dr. O'Neill retired as a Lieutenant General in the United States Army following a highly decorated career. Some highlights of his career include serving as Director of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization for the Department of Defense which followed his position as Deputy Director of the then-Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO); Director of the Army Acquisition Corps and Deputy for Program Assessment and International Cooperation in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research, Development and Acquisition, now the Office of the ASA(ALT); Commander of the U.S. Army Laboratory Command; Director of Kinetic Energy Weapons at SDIO; Program Manager (PM) for the Multiple Launch Rocket System; and Deputy PM for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Patriot Management Organization in Munich, Germany; as well as PM for Strategic Fire Control and Talon Gold at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Dr. O'Neill was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a Field Artillery Officer in 1962 and has served with the 82nd Airborne Division; as an Advisor with the 21st Recon Company of the 21st Army of the Republic of Vietnam Division; and Assistant Chief of Staff (Ammunition) with the Danang Support Command in Vietnam.

Dr. O'Neill holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, a Master of Science Degree in Physics and a Doctorate in Physics, both from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His military education includes degrees from the Command and General Staff College, the Defense Systems Management College, and the Army War College. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Member of the National Academy of Engineering.