Col. Patrick J. Mahaney, Jr. is an Army Special Forces Officer currently serving as the Senior Military Fellow of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Studies Group. He assumed these duties following assignment as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously, he commanded the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, where he was responsible for global support to U.S. and allied ground forces and interagency partners in countering asymmetric and irregular threats. He has 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 that include combat operations in Panama, DESERT STORM, and seven deployments to Afghanistan. Colonel Mahaney holds a B.A. from New York University (with honors), and master’s degrees from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and from the University of Perugia in Italy. He is a graduate of the Army War College’s Fellowship in Italy and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.