Donald Galvanin

Research Affiliate
donald galvanin


The US military and diplomacy in the Middle East, doing business in the Middle East and Central Asia (Boeing Commercial Airplanes)

Don started his career as an infantry second lieutenant, serving in various leadership and staff positions in the US and Germany. Don became a Middle East Foreign Area Officer (FAO) and linguist, teaching Arabic at the US Military Academy at West Point for 3 1⁄2 years. Although returning periodically to the infantry, he focused on his FAO career, serving as a United Nations Peace Keeper in South Lebanon and Damascus Syria (1986-1987), the Defense Attaché and Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation in Beirut Lebanon (1991-1992), and a Military Advisor / Director of Mission Relations with the US Military Training Mission (USMTM), Riyadh Saudi Arabia (1994-1996). He also served as the Chief of Regional Planning, US Central Command (CENTCOM) in Tampa Florida (1996-1999).

Don retired from active duty as a lieutenant colonel and joined the Boeing Company, Integrated Defense Systems, as Middle East & Africa Regional Manager for Business Development, Aerospace Support, St Louis, MO, in October 2001. Don transferred in September 2005 to Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Seattle, WA, as Sales Program Manage for the Middle East and Africa Region. Don assumed his position as Sales Director in this same region in May 2007 where he was responsible at various points in time for all aspects of commercial airplane sales and support in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine, and parts of Russia and Saudi Arabia. He retired from his position at Boeing in 2019.

Don became a Research Affiliate of the Jackson School of International Studies in 2020 and has lectured on several occasions on Islam and US-Arab relations.


  • Long Island University, M.B.A., 1986
  • Georgetown University, M.S., Arabic Language & Literature, 1982
  • US Military Academy, West Point, B.S., 1974