Rear Admiral Don Loren has over 40 years of leadership, management, strategic, operational, and exercise experience in the Department of Defense, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the U.S. Interagency at the flag officer, Senior National Intelligence Service, Senior Executive Service, and political appointee levels.
He was appointed by President Bush as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security Integration, serving as the primary DoD interface with the Department of Homeland Security, interagency departments, and international partners for matters concerning homeland security, Defense Support of Civil Authority, and Countering weapons of mass destruction. He was also responsible for partner capacity building and exercises with all U.S. international and interagency partners.
He represented the Department of Defense as a member of the White House Homeland Security Council Domestic Readiness Group, where he lead DoD coordination with the White House and Interagency for national planning and response to catastrophic terrorist and natural disasters.
He served as Deputy Director, J-5 The Joint Staff for Politico-Military Affairs and was Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He also has senior NATO and U.S. combatant commander staff experience, as well as extensive overseas and deployed operational experience including leadership and command in Europe, South America, Africa, the Balkans, Southeast Asia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
As a Senior National Intelligence Service Executive with the Director of National Intelligence, he was the first Deputy Director of the National Counterterrorism Center for Operations Support where he had responsibility for 24 hour a day monitoring of the threat environment and oversight of the operations center, and coordination of national security special events.
He is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Homeland Security Intelligence Council and has been appointed advisor to the Governor of Virginia on civil military relationships and preparedness. He is an adjunct lecturer in National and Homeland Security at the Joint Forces Staff College, Naval Postgraduate School, and Syracuse University Maxwell School National Security Studies Program. He has served as exercise facilitator and lecturer at The Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany.
RADM Loren has graduate and post-graduate degrees, and certificates of advanced study from The United States Naval Academy, Old Dominion University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of technology, Syracuse University, Northeastern University, The University of Maryland, The center for Creative Leadership, The National Defense University, and the NATO Defense College.