Colonel Patrick H. Donley is an Air Force Security Forces officer who has commanded at the squadron and Mission Support Group levels. Prior to teaching at National War College, he was the Department Chair and Professor of Air Science at Air Force ROTC Detachment 890 located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, where he mentored 250 cadets from four different universities and colleges. Additionally, Col Donley has twice taught Military and Strategic Studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and he served as the commander’s rural development subject matter expert for the International Security and Assistant Force in Afghanistan. In this capacity, he advised the Afghan Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development from 2009 to 2010. From 2012 to 2014, he was the Chief of Force Protection and Critical Infrastructure Protection for Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Korea.
Col Donley earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Relations in 2003 and his Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Denver in 1999. He was distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and commissioned in 1991.