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Colonel Paul Paolozzi

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U.S. Army Colonel Paul Paolozzi is currently the Army’s Senior Fellow to the Brookings Institution. He was commissioned an Engineer and served in the 15th Engineer Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, including service in Operation DESERT STORM. He then commanded a company in the 6th Engineer Battalion, 6th Infantry Division, in Alaska and subsequently served as a tactical officer, U.S. Corps of Cadets (USCC), and staff officer at the U.S. Military Academy. Colonel Paolozzi was selected to be a Joint Staff intern with service in J5, Joint Staff, and as the executive officer of the Army Initiatives Group. Colonel Paolozzi joined the 11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, as the Battalion S3 in Kosovo and subsequently served as the Engineer Brigade S3. He departed Kuwait in December 2002 to become the aide-de-camp to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and later a congressional fellow before taking battalion command of the 864th Engineer Battalion in 2005. Colonel Paolozzi commanded the 864th during the unit’s first combat deployment to Afghanistan and then returned to Fort Lewis, WA. In 2008, Colonel Paolozzi served as the military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs). In 2009 he took command of the 18th Engineer Brigade, Schwetzingen, Germany and deployed the Brigade to Afghanistan for the unit’s second rotation. Colonel Paolozzi graduated from Utica College of Syracuse University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. He holds master’s degrees from Long Island University and the National Defense University.

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SSI books and monographs by Colonel Paul Paolozzi

  • Closing the Candor Chasm: The Missing Element of Army Professionalism

    September 19, 2013

    Authored by Colonel Paul Paolozzi.
    View the Executive Summary

    If transparency and forthright communication are valued within the Army, why is candor nearly absent in doctrine and supporting literature? Stewards of the Profession build trust through authentic communication—educated, trained, and modeled in application. Candor cannot be muted, creating a chasm between what is espoused and communicated.