Rumsfeld gains new Special Ops adviser
- By Dawn S. Onley
- Jul 29, 2003
A former CIA analyst and Raytheon Co. senior IT leader has been sworn in as assistant secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict.
On Friday, Thomas W. O'Connell became Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld's newest civilian adviser. He will help develop policies and plans for Special Operations Forces and small conflicts.
Most recently, O'Connell was a senior manager for Raytheon's intelligence and information systems group.
O'Connell, who previously worked as an advanced project manager for the Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Division at the Chrysler Corp., also spent several years at the CIA as a chief in the Office of Military Affairs.
He graduated from the University of Rhode Island and has master's degrees from Central Michigan University and the Naval War College.