Jack O’Connor, Program Director, Lecturer

Jack O’Connor is the Program Director of the M.A. in Geospatial Intelligence. Jack O’Connor has practiced, led, taught, and written about Geospatial Intelligence. A former CIA officer, he managed and led analytic and support organizations in missions focused on combat support, national intelligence, diplomatic initiatives, and disaster support, as well as regional, functional, environmental, economic and social analysis in CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center, and, in the Defense Department, in the National Imagery and Mapping Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. A retired senior executive, he was the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, including an intelligence-community-wide prize (Galileo Award, 2005) and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement.

A reflective practitioner of GEOINT, he designed a course for reviewing analytic products in the 1980s, and helped design a workshop on Managing GEOINT Analysis in NGA in 2010. He served as managing editor for a classified journal on Geospatial Analysis from 2009-2011. His first publication on GEOINT in combat support was in 2004, and after retirement, he wrote a book in 2015 on the imagery analysis organization that shaped US decisions throughout the Cold War, and produced more senior leaders than any other Intelligence Community office.

Mr. O’Connor has earned a M.A. from Bryn Mawr College, an A.B. from St. Joseph’s University, and an A.A. from Delaware County Community College.  He also holds a certificate in Leadership and Executive Coaching from Georgetown, is a certified executive and leadership coach (PCC), and was an MIT Seminar XXI fellow in 2000-01. He is a member of the US Geospatial-Intelligence Foundation and the Medmenham Association.

Along with writing, he coaches leaders in the Intelligence Community and the private sector and consults about new GEOINT collection developments and opportunities.

Jack O’Connor