Lieutenant Colonel John F. O’Kane

Lieutenant Colonel John F. O’Kane

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  • Commander
  • Professor, Aerospace Studies
  • MS, Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School
  • BA, History/Pre-law, University of Illinois

Biography

Lieutenant Colonel John F. O’Kane is currently the Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies at Michigan Tech University in Houghton, MI. Previously, LtCol O’Kane served as the acting Director of Intelligence (J2) and the Deputy Director of Intelligence for Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR). Prior to SOCEUR, LtCol O’Kane served a one-year remote assignment as the Chief, Analysis, Correlation, & Fusion Team at the 609th Combined Air/Space Operations Center, Al Udeid AB, Qatar. He led 49 personnel, covering 20 countries, in providing fused intelligence products to the Combined Force Air Component Commander to shape the execution of 431K combat missions.

Previously, LtCol O’Kane served as the Chief, Force/Unit and National Capabilities Branch, Intelligence Directorate (A2), USAF Space Command (AFSPC), where he directed ISR plans, programs and integration for forecasting of current & future intelligence system requirements needed by the warfighter.  LtCol O’Kane was the Course Director of the Contemporary Insurgent Warfare Course (CIWC), Insurgency and Foreign Internal Defense (IFID) Course, and Insurgent Warfare Seminar (IWS) at the United States Air Force Special Operations School (USAFSOS), Hurlburt Field, Florida.

LtCol O’Kane has had intelligence assignment/deployment experience at the Joint, Operational, and Unit levels. LtCol O’Kane was commissioned in August 1998 from the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Illinois. He is happily married to the former Valentina Rupnik of Ljubljana, Slovenia and has a son, Liam, and a daughter, Aviana.