Doug Fears

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BornMaryland, USA
Alma materUnited States Coast Guard Academy, Naval War College, Kennedy School of Government
Member ofCenter for Strategic and International Studies
United States Coast Guard officer working on drug interdiction.

Employment.png United States Homeland Security Advisor

In office
10 April 2018 - July 12, 2019
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byThomas Bossert

Douglas Margrave Fears[1] is a United States Coast Guard rear admiral currently serving as Director of Joint Interagency Task Force South. He was previously Assistant Commandant for Response Policy.[2] Fears was the Homeland Security Advisor to President Donald Trump until July 12, 2019.[3]

Early life and education

Fears was born in Maryland[4] and enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1982, receiving an appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1985. He was commissioned as an ensign in 1989[5] after earning a Bachelor of Science in government from the Coast Guard Academy. He later received a master of arts in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College and a master of public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[6]


Fears has been the captain of three vessels, including the USCGC Diligence[4] and the USCGC Hamilton, a National Security cutter,[7] and was on five others. He has also been in charge of the Coast Guard's Office of Law Enforcement, has been a program reviewer in the Coast Guard headquarters, has been a liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, and has been chief of staff to the commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command.[8] He currently holds the rank of rear admiral (lower half) in the Coast Guard.[8]

Additionally, Fears was a Coast Guard Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2009 to 2010 and a fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI on Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest.[8]

In addition to his Coast Guard career, Fears has served in the administration of President Donald Trump as a special assistant to the President, as director for Central America and the Caribbean on the National Security Council staff,[8] as senior director for resilience policy for the National Security Council, and as Homeland Security Advisor.[9]

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