Tad Oelstrom

Director, National Security Program at Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government

Tad Oelstrom

Tad Oelstrom

Director, National Security Program at Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government

Biography

Tad Oelstrom, adjunct lecturer in Public Policy, is Director of the National Security Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The National Security Program encompasses a broad range of executive education initiatives, e.g., program for Senior Executives in National and International Security , National Security Fellows program, US-Russia Security program, Black Sea Security Program, Central Asia Security Program, Generals and Flag Officers Homeland Security Program and the US-South Asia Leader Engagement Program. He serves as the Program Director and/or the Faculty Chair for most of these programs. He joined the faculty in 2001 after more than 35 years in the US Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant General. As a Command Pilot, he has flown more than 20 types of fighter aircraft, served in 6 different countries, and participated in combat in both Southeast Asia and Southwest Asia. He has command experience at all tactical levels from Flight through Numbered Air Force. Key senior command positions include three different fighter wings in England, Southwest Asia, and Germany, the US Third Air Force in England and the US Air Force Academy. Key staff assignments include Director of Fighter Operations, Tactical Air Command; Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander US European Command; and Inspector General US Air Forces in Europe. His areas of focus are national and international security issues, US military, and advanced development education for national security professionals.

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Consultant at Lockheed Martin Corporation

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Former President at Armed Forces Benefit Association

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Vice Chairman at Air Force Village Charitable Foundation

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Founder at Appalachian Leadership & Education Foundation

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Director & Senior Advisor at GKN Aerospace North America, Inc.

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President at Jones Group Middle East

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at National Defense Industrial Association

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Former Director of Operations, Joint Chiefs of Staff at United States Marine Corps

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Tad Oelstrom
Director, National Security Program at Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government
Career History
Director, National Security Program
2001 - Current

The Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard Kennedy School closes gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health and education by creating knowledge, training leaders and informing public policy and organizational practices. Our research provides evidence-based insights on the role of gender in shaping economic, political and social opportunities available to individuals. We identify successful interventions and measure their impact on women, men, and society, then share recommendations on what policies, organizational practices and leadership techniques help close involuntary gaps.

Director of Fighter Operations, Tactical Air Command
Prior

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win … in air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: developing Airmen, technology to war fighting and integrating operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible. Air and Space Superiority With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions: land, sea, air and space. Global Attack Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before. Rapid Global Mobility Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility. Precision Engagement The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage. Information Superiority The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial. Agile Combat Support Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces. Core Values The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three values: Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do.

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Member, National Security Advisory Council
Current

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is a broad-based influential network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic and community leaders in all 50 states who support a smart power approach of elevating diplomacy and development alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.

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$250 - $499
2015

TO PROMOTE YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND ETHNIC/GENDER COOPERATION IN KIBERA, AN INFORMAL SETTLEMENT AREA IN NAIROBI, KENYA, THROUGH SPORTS, YOUNG WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

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2008
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