David E. Jeremiah

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Person.png David E. Jeremiah  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
ADM David E Jeremiah.JPG
Portland, Oregon
Died2013-10-07 (Age 79)
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland
Alma materUniversity of Oregon, George Washington University, Armed Forces Staff College, Harvard
Colin Powell’s “indispensable right-hand man”

Employment.png Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
October 1, 1993 - October 24, 1993
Preceded byColin Powell
Succeeded byJohn Shalikashvili

David Elmer Jeremiah was a United States Navy admiral who was Vice Chairman and also acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. After his retirement from the Navy in February 1994, he worked in the field of investment banking. He was partner and President, CEO and later Chairman of Technology Strategies & Alliances Corporation,[1] a strategic advisory and investment banking firm engaged primarily in the aerospace, defense, telecommunications, and electronics industries. Since 1999 he was also a trustee of MITRE Corporation.

Naval career

Jeremiah served four years as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Generals Colin L. Powell and John M. Shalikashvili. He was a key player for both Chairmen in the transition to a post-Cold War military. Jeremiah was also the Commander in Chief of the United States Pacific Fleet from 1987 to 1991.

He commanded a task force, battle group and destroyer squadron in earlier tours in the Mediterranean. He was commanding officer of the guided missile destroyer USS Preble from 1974 to 1976.[2] In October 1985 he directed the attempt to capture the hijackers of the MS Achille Lauro and in April 1986 led combat operations against Libya in the Gulf of Sidra.

Ashore, Jeremiah served as Director, Navy Program Planning and in financial planning positions on the staffs of the Secretary of Defense and Chief of Naval Operations.

In 1987, Adm. Jeremiah acquired his fourth star and commanded the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet during the final years of the Cold War. In 1990, Gen. Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, handpicked the admiral to serve as his vice chairman. He became Powell’s “indispensable right-hand man” or “alter ego” during the Gulf War in 1991, where he was a key participant in National Security Council meetings and assisted with the CIA director’s intelligence requirements and oversight process. Adm. Jeremiah was a keen source of advice for Powell throughout his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs.[3]


A Quote by David E. Jeremiah

Nanotechnology“Military applications of molecular manufacturing have even greater potential than nuclear weapons to radically change the balance of power.”1995