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Colonel Brian M. Drinkwine

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Photo Colonel Brian M. Drinkwine currently commands the 4th Brigade Combat Team (508th Parachute Infantry Regiment), 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was commissioned from the U.S. Military Academy as an Infantry Officer in 1986. His previous assignments included service as a platoon leader in the 2-2 Infantry, 9th Infantry Division (Motorized); as a rifle platoon leader and company executive officer in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment with which he participated in Operation JUST CAUSE; as the S3 Air of the 2-60 Infantry Battalion, 199th Motorized Brigade; as the brigade AS3 of the 9th Infantry Regiment (Manchu), 7th Infantry Division; command of Alpha Company, 1-9 Infantry; command of Echo Company (Long Range Surveillance (Airborne)), I Corps; G-3 planner, deputy G-3, and operations officer of the 173rd Airborne Brigade and deputy commander of the 1-508th Airborne Combat Team in the Southern European Task Force, Vicenza, Italy. He served on the Army Staff from 2001 to 2003 and commanded the 1-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division from May 2003 through June 2005. While in battalion command he deployed Task Force 1 Panther to Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) and operated in Al-Fallujah, Iraq, from 2003 through 2004, and also deployed to Afghanistan in support of the 2004 national elections as part of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He next served in the 10th Mountain Division as the 1st Brigade Combat Team deputy commander while deployed to OIF in Western Baghdad from 2005 through 2006, and then as the Division (Rear) chief of staff and division assistant chief of staff G3. Colonel Drinkwine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a Masters of Political Science degree from Auburn University of Montgomery, and a Masters in National Security and Strategy from the U.S. Army War College.

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SSI books and monographs by Colonel Brian M. Drinkwine

  • The Serpent in Our Garden: Al-Qa'ida and the Long War

    January 26, 2009

    Authored by Colonel Brian M. Drinkwine.
    This paper recommends new approaches to fighting terrorism. The author explores al-Qa’ida’s organization, leaders, doctrine, and their radical ideologies. Several initiatives are recommended to include development of a cogent grand national strategy. These recommendations are intended to assist future planners in the development of a grand national strategy and an integrated long war campaign plan aimed at terrorism.