James “Pat” O’Neal completed 30 years of service as the DCSOPS for FORSCOM after serving on duty in command of armored formations, operations, plans, and training. He served in assignments worldwide involving deployment and employment of forces into uncertain situations like the Balkans. Spanning the period from 1969 to 1999, Pat O’Neal served in critical command positions from company to division, on the faculty of the United States Military Academy, as a fellowship student at the Harvard Kennedy School.  His service includes duty in the Republic of Vietnam, the Federal Republic of Germany, Bosnia, Croatia, Hungary, Iraq and the United States.

Following retirement, Pat O’Neal joined the Institute for Defense Analyses working on DARPA programs as the senior SME on Command Post of the Future (CPOF), Tactical Ground Reporting System (TIGR), Personal Assistant that Learns (PAL) and other programs. He is the founder of Broad River Consulting LLC, a company offering military subject matter expertise and business development consulting in the defense and commercial sectors.

General O’Neal has a BS degree in Engineering from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee. At the direction of the Army’s Senior Leadership, he taught a core course in the School for Advanced Military Studies (SAMS) in Leading Change and lectures on Battle (Mission) Command.