Centre for International and Defence Policy

Centre for International and Defence Policy
Centre for International and Defence Policy

LTC K Baird | 2016-17 VDF


Lieutenant Colonel Todd Allison

U.S. Army
U.S. Army War College Senior Service and Visiting Defence Fellow, 2017-2018


Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Todd Allison was commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer after graduating from University of Pittsburgh with a BS degree in Economics.  Early in his career he served in a variety of platoon leader and company executive officer positions in airborne units at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  During this time he completed a tour as part of the initial response of Operation Eduring Freedom to Afghanistan in 2001 to 2002 where he took part in providing logistics support to Operation Anaconda and establishment of the coalition operating base at Bagram Afghanistan.  

He was then assigned to the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado and later Fort Hood, Texas.  During his almost six years assigned to the Regiment, LTC Allison served as Company Command of the Supply and Transportation Troop and in numerous key staff positions as a Captain and Major between 2003 and 2009 culminating in three deployments to Iraq totaling 35 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  

During these deployments he led regional efforts to advise and assist Iraqi military and police commands improve internal logistics systems across two Iraqi Divisions (2d IA and 3d IA), National Border Police Brigades, and Iraqi and National Police in the cities of Ar Ramadi, Falluja, Baghdad, Tal Afar and Mosul as well as major border crossings at Al Qaim and Rabia.  These efforts to assist and advise Iraqi Forces improved local security enabling two national elections in 2005 and 2008. 

In 2010, LTC Allison was assigned to the US Pacific Command in Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii where he served as a logistics planner and executive officer to the Director for Logistics, Engineering and Security Cooperation.  As the Chief of Distribution Plans he was responsible for assisting in numerous multi-national exercises and real world operations to include assisting with the planning for the US military contribution to the coalition response to Operation Tomodachi in mainland Japan after the Tsunami of 2011 and Operation Damayan after the Hurricane in the Philippines in 2013.  Additionally, as the Executive Officer to the Director he was responsible for assisting in the exchange of numerous bilateral and multi-lateral meetings with the military and civilian leaders from numerous Indo-Asia Pacific allies, partners and cooperative nations to lay ground work for logistic exchange for real world and exercise response.

In 2014 he was assigned to the 8th Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii where he served as the Chief of Commander’s Initiative Group for the Commanding General.  During this tour he organized the first senior leader multinational logistic forum to rehearse the sustainment concepts for a response to North East Asia crisis.  He also designed and implemented the first Pacific regional leader development program aimed at exposing mid-career military professionals to principles of leadership and national security at the strategic level.

His most recent assignment was as the commander of the 8th Special Troops Battalion at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.  During his time in command, his Battalion supported numerous Joint and Army exercises through the Pacific to include Pacific Pathways 2015 and 2016, Combined Joint Logistics Over the Shore (CJLOTS) Exercise 2015 and 2017 on the Korean Peninsula and the 2015 Rim of the Pacific Exercise. 

His civilian education includes a Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College and attended the Joint and Combined Warfighting (JCWS) School at the Joint Forces Staff College.

Current Interests/Research:

  • The Arctic
  • US and NATO interoperability
  • Sustainment of multi-national military forces in a variety of operational environments

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