Small Wars Journal

John Gillette


John Gillette is a former infantry officer and private sector business owner with ‘on the ground’ experience from Viet Nam to Afghanistan. He served a two year tour as a member of the first team deployed under the MoDA program in Afghanistan he served as the senior advisor to an Afghan Major General with whom he traveled extensively within the country. Today he serves as the Senior Facilitator for the MoDA and remains heavily involved in Afghanistan aw well as a variety of advising missions in other countries.  His length and breadth of experience across fifty years offers candid, passionate insights of the pitfalls to success he has seen repeated again and again, the actual state of our mission today and what we must do in order to be successful in the future.

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