COL Patrick J. Mahaney, Jr.

Director, Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group

Colonel Patrick J. Mahaney, Jr. is an Army Special Forces Officer currently serving as Director of the Chief of Staff of the Army's Strategic Studies Group. He most recently served as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He commanded the Asymmetric Warfare Group, where he was responsible for global support in countering asymmetric and irregular threats. He also commanded a Special Forces battalion and a Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan. Colonel Mahaney has served in the 7th Special Forces Group, Joint Special Operations Command, the Special Warfare Center and School, the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan, and in a range of combat and operational assignments. Colonel Mahaney holds a B.A. from New York University, and Masters degrees from Columbia University and the University of Perugia. He is a graduate of the Army War College's Fellowship in Italy.

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