Dr. Mark A. Gallagher is Professor of Practice in the Department of Operational Sciences of the School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He teaches graduate courses and leads research pertinent to the Air Force and joint warfighting. Prior to this position, Dr. Gallagher was Technical Director of Studies, Analyses and Assessments at Headquarters Air Force. In that position, he was the government executive agent for RAND Project AIR FORCE, which is the studies and analysis Federally Funded Research and Development Corporation for the Air Force.
Dr. Gallagher has over thirty years of experience as an operations research analyst, manager, and executive. He has been involved in analysis across the warfighting spectrum including cyber, conventional, missile defense and nuclear warfare. He has advanced analytic techniques in various areas including warfare modeling, cost, risk, and testing. Dr. Gallagher founded and chaired for four years the Cyber Joint Munitions Effectiveness Manual. He also served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, U.S. Strategic Command, and the Air Staff.
Dr. Gallagher has served as Chair for the Snyder Robinson Foundation, which organizes research for a rare genetic disease. He was the Vice President in the Military Operations Research Society and is a Fellow of the Society. He chaired the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences INFORMS Prize Committee. He has also served on the Military and Security Society Council. Dr. Gallagher has published over 30 technical articles.
1983 Bachelor of Science degree in operations research and computer science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
1986 Master of Science degree in operations research, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio
1987 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1992 Doctor of Philosophy degree in operations research, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
1995 Air Command and Staff College, by correspondence
2006 Air War College, by correspondence
2006 Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2009 Leadership Development Program, Center for Creative Leadership, San Diego, Calif.
1. July 1983 - April 1984, student, undergraduate pilot training, Reese Air Force Base, Texas
2. April 1984 - May 1985, life cycle cost analyst, Aeronautical System Center, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
3. May 1985 - December 1987, graduate student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
4. January 1988 - September 1989, Chief, Scientific Assessment Branch, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
5. September 1989 - October 1992, doctoral student, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
6. November 1992 - September 1995, cost analyst, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Program Analysis and Evaluation and Cost Analysis Improvement Group, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
7. September 1995 - November 1998, Chief Scientist, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
8. November 1998 - June 2001, Associate Professor of Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
9. July 2001 - July 2003, Chief, Information Operations Analysis Branch, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
10. July 2003 - November 2004, senior scientist and technical adviser, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
11. November 2004 - July 2005, Chief, Analysis Management Division (J82), U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
12. July 2005 - August 2007, Deputy Chief, later, Chief of Missile Defense and Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction Capabilities Division (J85), U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
13. September 2007 - May 2009, Deputy Director, Resource Analysis Directorate, Studies and Analyses, Assessments and Lessons Learned (A9), Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
14. May 2009 – December 2018, Technical Director, Studies, Analyses and Assessments, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
15. January 2019 – present, Professor of Practice, Department of Operational Sciences, School of Engineering and Management, Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Senior Career Professional, Presidential Rank Award, 2018
INFORMS Prize for the US Air Force (Dr. Gallagher led the nomination team), 2017
Military Operations Research Society, Fellow of Society, 2014
Institute for Operations Research and Management Science, Certified Analytics Professional, 2014
Military Operations Research Society, Clayton J. Thomas Award for lifetime achievement, 2013
Meritorious Civilian Service Award, 2009
Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award, 2007
Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Military Operations Research Society, Rist Prize, 2002 and 2003
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf clusters
Military Operations Research Society, Barchi Prize, 1990 and 1995
Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis, Best Paper Award, 1994
Strategic Air Command, Outstanding Intelligence Contributor, 1989
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant June 1, 1983
First Lieutenant June 1, 1985
Captain June 1, 1987
Major April 1, 1995
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 1998
GS-15 July 21, 2003
Senior Executive Service, May 24, 2009
(Current as of March 2019)