Col Daniel P. O'Brien USMC, (Ret)
Committees: Programs Committee
Since retirement from the Marine Corps in January of 2005, Dan has focused on finding solutions for complex Defense challenges among the rich scientific and technological capabilities of Battelle. His defense clients include the Marine Corps, the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) and various Joint Commands and agencies. He has also developed a strategic partnership with the University of Guam to work on energy and environmental infrastructure issues.
During his thirty year career as an infantry officer, Dan had tours in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions. In 1984 he was in Beirut with 3d Battalion, 8th Marines and in 1993/94 he was in Somalia with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. He supported operations in Kosovo in 1999 while serving as the Fleet Marine Officer, U.S. SIXTH Fleet. Other tours included duty as an Aide de Camp, Recruiting, Tactics Instructor at the Amphibious Warfare School, Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, and Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. His final assignment was as the Commanding Officer, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.
Dan is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, The Basic School, Amphibious Warfare School, and the Naval War College. He has an M.A. in International Relations from Salve Regina College. He was a National Security Fellow at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.
In addition to serving as the Gala Chairman for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in Washington, DC, Dan is on the Board of the Center House Association and was recently selected to be on the Board of Governors of the Marine Corps Association.
Dan and Charlene O’Brien are the parents of three daughters.