Patrick J. Mahaney

Council on Foreign Relations


Colonel Patrick J. Mahaney, Jr., U.S. Army, is a military fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mahaney commanded the Asymmetric Warfare Group based at Fort Meade, Maryland, where he was responsible for global support in countering asymmetric and irregular threats and he also commanded a special forces battalion and a special operations task force in Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition, 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 a range of other combat and operational assignments.

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.

Featured Work

FEB 27, 2014 Podcast

The Future of American Warfighting: Lessons of the Contemporary Battlefield

What are the ethical and legal questions raised by unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, and surveillance? How do they affect combatants, decision-makers, and civilians? An expert ...