Colonel Patrick J. Sullivan, PhD, is a career engineer officer who has commanded at every level from company through brigade, with service in the 10th Mountain Division, 3rd Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, and 20th Engineer Brigade (XVIII Airborne Corps). His staff assignments include instructor and assistant professor at West Point’s Department of Mathematical Sciences, United States Military Academy; director, Commander’s Action Group, US Forces—Afghanistan; director of the NATO Resolute Support staff; and command engineer, United States Forces Korea. He is veteran of eight operational deployments in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, Freedom’s Sentinel, and Spartan Shield.  

A 1996 ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate, he holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Duke University, a master of science in applied and interdisciplinary mathematics from the University of Michigan, a master of defense studies from the Royal Military College of Canada, a master of strategic studies from the United States Army War College, where he was a distinguished graduate and received the Commandant’s Award for Distinction in Research, and a doctor of philosophy in war studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

Pat’s primary research interests are military history, organizational design, defense planning, and oversight of military operations.