Alan Shumate

COL Alan Shumate has 23-years in the U.S. Army and is a Distinguished Military Graduate of East Carolina University where he received his Bachelor’s degree and commission in 1989.  He has a Master’s degree from Webster University and has served as an Infantry Officer in the 82nd ABN DV, 75th RGR RGMT, and 2nd ID (ROK).  After completing the Special Forces Qualification Course in 1997, he served  in the 7th SFG(A) between 1998-2006, Aide-de-Camp to the CG, USASOC, J3 DCHOPs JSOC, CDR BSTB 4/1 AD, and as the G8 USASFC(A).  He has multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

If DOD and the U.S. Army want to maximize their resources to ensure success in building partner nation security capacity with our allies, recommendations contained in this article will strengthen...