Patrick J. Mahaney Jr.

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Observations for Practitioners of Complex Operations

Author: Patrick J. Mahaney Jr.
NATO Defense College

Patrick Mahaney explores the nature and pressing challenges presented by complex operations in an effort to begin a practical approach to them while theories and doctrines are worked out. This paper was used as a guiding document for the Army's Asymmetric Warfare Group and for the development of local security solutions in Afghanistan

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Patrick J. Mahaney Jr., U.S. Army, most recently commanded the Asymmetric Warfare Group based at Fort Meade, Maryland, 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 Operation Enduring Freedom.

His previous assignments include service 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 a range of other combat and operational assignments.

Colonel Mahaney is a graduate of New York University, Columbia University, and the Army War College's fellows program at Italy's Institute for High Defense Studies.