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U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Francis Donovan is assigned to the U.S. Special Operations Command’s Center for Special Operations. Lieutenant Colonel Donovan previously served in the First Marine Division as the Commanding Officer of Second Battalion, First Marines. Over the past 21 years of active duty service, he has led various Marine Corps infantry and special operations units and participated in a number of regular and irregular warfare operations to include extensive theater security cooperation/security force assistance operations in the Western Pacific. Lieutenant Colonel Donovan holds a B.S. in Geography from Towson State University, a Masters of Military Science from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and an M.A. in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Class of 2009.
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Authored by Lieutenant Colonel Theresa Baginski, Colonel Brian J. Clark, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Donovan, Ms. Karma Job, Lieutenant Colonel John S. Kolasheski, Colonel Richard A. Lacquement, Jr., Brigadier Simon "Don" Roach, Colonel Sean P. Swindell, Colonel Curt A. Van De Walle, Colonel Michael J. McMahon.
Security Force Assistance may be a new term but the activities are familiar and are related to how the Department of Defense trains, advises, and assists foreign partners' security establishments to accomplish common objectives. Recommendations to improve U.S. performance are provided.