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Dr. O’Hara flew on Strategic Air Command’s B-47 aircraft during the early 1950s, and by the 1960s he was working for the National Security Agency in the Telemetry and Space area. He helped decode and understand electronic intelligence information from the Soviet Union and served as head of ELINT programs, satellite programs, and eventually became Deputy Chief Scientist at the NSA. In this presentation, he will discuss how the US had very limited information on the USSR due to the iron curtain, and how that drove the US into developing space reconnaissance. He will describe the types of telemetry used by the USSR during the cold war and how the US intercepted and processed the signals to determine new weapon systems capabilities. He will also provide details about the politicians and military people involved during this time period and discuss how and why they made decisions on particular satellite programs. He will conclude with a discussion of the importance of space intelligence on our military combat operations.
The event will be hosted in the Amentum (AECOM) main conference room.
|10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
|11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
||Guest Speaker Talk
|12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
* A "fair share" contributions box will be provided to accommodate those with ethics obligations
Dr. O’Hara enlisted in the USAF and flew as a flight-qualified radar and bomb-navigation system technician on B-47 aircraft for SAC during the early 1950s. He received a bachelor’s degree in EE from University of Arizona, a master’s from University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD from Catholic University of America in 1968.
He worked for NSA in the Telemetry and Space area during this timeframe. In 1966 he was the engineer who decoded and printed out the pictures from the Soviet Union LUNA 9 satellite, the first man-made object to make a soft landing on the moon.
From 1969- 2001, he worked for the NSA as a design engineer, and became chief of satellite programs, ELINT programs, and NSA advanced research programs before becoming Deputy Chief Scientist at the NSA.
Since 2001 he has served as a consultant and Active Reservist to NSA covering topics including directed energy programs and cryptologic history.
He has received numerous awards and patents including the NSA Director's Distinguished Service Medal and AOC’s Gold and Silver awards and was selected into the AOC Technology Hall of Fame. He continues to play an active role in Senior Level Department of Defense study teams, as a lecturer and thesis advisor, and as Crow of the year awardee for the Chesapeake Bay Roost.
This event is being provided in partnership with the AOC and Amentum, formerly AECOM.