John Patten is a Senior Advisor with DT. He has over 22 years of international experience. During that time, John has worked in and on issues concerning conflict, stabilization, development, humanitarian aid, NGOs and INGOs, civ-mil relations, and counterinsurgency. John was previously working with moderate armed opposition groups in Syria, based in Turkey, with the U.S. State Department. He was additionally in the Planning Division of State Department Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations working on integrated training and planning for deploying civilians and military to Afghanistan. From 2005 to 2006, he was USAID’s Regional Development Advisor for Southern Afghanistan based at Regional Command South in Kandahar, after having spent 2004 to 2005 at the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team. John was part of the U.S. Department of Defense/U.S. Institute for Peace Civ-Mil Working Group, which advised on current stability operations doctrine and guidelines for relations between U.S. Armed Forces and NGOs.
In 2009 he was part of the U.S. Central Command Assessment Team for General Petraeus and has conducted many civilian interagency presentations to a variety of civilian and military groups, in addition to teaching at the Foreign Affairs Counter Threat course for deploying civilian government personnel. He holds an M.A. in Humanitarian Assistance from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Boston.