Timothy D. O'Brien

Military Professor Strategy and Policy Department
Cmdr., U.S. Navy
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Cmdr. O’Brien graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in history, from the University of Arkansas with an M.S. in operations management and from the U.S. Naval War College with an M.A. in national security and strategic studies. A career SH-60B and MH-60R pilot with over 2,000 flight hours, his operational flying tours include multiple deployments to the Eastern and Western Pacific aboard U.S. Navy frigates and cruisers. Cmdr. O’Brien is a designated Seahawk weapons and tactics instructor and served on staff assignments at the Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific and at Navy Personnel Command.

Areas of Expertise

  • Air Warfare
  • Counterdrug Operations
  • HA/DR
  • Search and Rescue

Professional Highlights


Military Professor of Strategy and Policy, U.S. Naval War College


Special Assistant for Selection Boards, Navy Personnel Command


Department Head/Officer in Charge, Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 49


Tactics Officer, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 37


Standardization Officer, Helicopter Maritime Strike Weapons School Pacific


NATOPS/Search and Rescue Officer, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 43


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.S., University of Arkansas, Operations Management

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy, History

Awards and Decorations

Naval Helicopter Association National Aircrew of the Year (Deployed)

Naval Helicopter Association Pacific Region Pilot of the Year

HSM Weapons School Pacific Officer of the Year

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