Small Wars Journal

Mark Lavin II


Colonel Lavin is a US Army Strategist currently serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G5 Strategy, Plans and Policy for US Army North (5th Army). He most recently served as a faculty instructor at the Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas. Previously assigned at US Army South, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G5, Chief of Future Operations (G35), and the Strategy and Policy Branch Chief (G55). Former Strategist positions include as a Futures planner with the Army Capability Integration Center (now Army Futures Command) where he managed the Army’s future study program Unified Quest. Commissioned a CBRN officer, COL Lavin has held leadership positions at the company and platoon level including company command during Operation Iraqi Freedom II with the First Infantry Division. He has served as a Small Group Instructor and Army Congressional Fellow. His Joint assignments include Deputy Legislative Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Legislative Director for the Commander, US Forces-Iraq during Operation New Dawn.

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