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COL Patrick O. Doyle

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Office Address:
Glasgow Hall, Rm. 334

FAO Chair, Army Foreign Area Officer, Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché, Intelligence Officer, Sub-Saharan Africa Specialist

National Security Affairs


Colonel Patrick O. Doyle serves as the Foreign Area Officer Chair in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School.  His most recent assignment prior to arriving in Monterey, CA was as the Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.

Born in Washington, DC, Colonel Doyle attended the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point; upon graduation in 1988 he was commissioned in the Infantry.  In 1989, he went overseas and served as a Mechanized (Bradley) Infantry Platoon Leader and Battalion Support Platoon Leader in the 1st Infantry Division (Forward) in Boeblingen, Germany. He was transferred to the Republic of Korea in 1991 and was assigned to the United Nations Command Security Force, Joint Security Area in Pan Mun Jom and served as an Infantry Rifle Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer.  In 1993, he was posted to Ft. Bragg, NC where he served as an Assistant Division Operations Officer, Battalion Logistics Officer, and Infantry Company Commander in the 82nd Airborne Division.  He then became a U.S. Army Foreign Area Officer (FAO) and his first assignment was at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire from 1999-2000.  From 2001-2004 he served as the Assistant Army Attaché in the U.S. Defense Attaché Office in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.  Subsequently, in 2004, he was re- assigned to Abuja, Nigeria where he again served as an Assistant Army Attaché.  In 2004-2005, he deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom and served in Baghdad, Iraq. Then in 2006, he became the U.S. Defense Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.  Colonel Doyle was once again transferred in 2009 and served as Assistant Army Attaché in Pretoria, South Africa through 2012.  After redeployment to Washington, D.C., he was posted to the Pentagon as the Chief of Defense Foreign Liaison within the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Office of Partner Engagement where he supported the U.S.-based foreign defense attaché community from 2013- 2014.  In February 2015, he again reported to Abuja, Nigeria as the Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché (SDO/DATT).

Colonel Doyle’s military education includes the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint Military Attaché School, the Defense Language Institute, the Infantry Officers’ Basic and Advanced Courses, Jumpmaster Course, Ranger School, the Joint Firepower Control Course, Airborne School, and the Air Assault Course.  Additional civilian education includes a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (2), the Army Achievement Medal (2), Iraqi Campaign Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.