Tad J. Oelstrom

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
National Security Program
Office Address
114 Mt. Auburn – Suite 300-314
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 73
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-0954
Fax: 617-495-8561
Email: tad_oelstrom@harvard.edu
Tad Oelstrom


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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