Doug Fears

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Doug Fears
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8th Homeland Security Advisor
Assumed office
June 1, 2018
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Tom Bossert
Personal details
Douglas Margrave Fears

Education U.S. Coast Guard Academy (BA)
Naval War College (MA)
Harvard University (MPA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Coast Guard
Years of service 1982–present
Rank USCG O-7 shoulderboard.svg Rear Admiral
Commands USCGC Hamilton
USCGC Diligence

Douglas Margrave Fears[1] is a United States Coast Guard rear admiral (lower half) and is the current Homeland Security Advisor to President Donald Trump.


Fears was born in Maryland[2] and enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1982, receiving an appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1985. He was commissioned as an ensign in 1989[3] 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.[4] Fears has been the captain of three vessels, including the USCGC Diligence[2] and the USCGC Hamilton, a National Security cutter,[5] and has served 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 served as chief of staff to the commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command.[6] He currently holds the rank of rear admiral (lower half) in the Coast Guard.[7]

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.[6]

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,[6] and as senior director for resilience policy for the National Security Council. He also served as acting Homeland Security Advisor from the middle of May 2018 until his permanent appointment in June. Fears was scheduled to be appointed head of the Coast Guard's Cyber Command when, on June 1, 2018, National Security Advisor John Bolton announced Fears' appointment as the permanent Homeland Security Advisor, with the official title of Deputy Assistant to the President. This means that he ranks subordinate to Bolton, unlike his permanent predecessor, Tom Bossert, whose title was equal in rank to the National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster.[8]


  1. ^ Sutton, Stephen L. (8 October 2006). "Obituaries, Oct. 8, 2006". The Star Democrat. Archived from the original on 4 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Butcher, Brittany (11 September 2007). "'Diligence' leader born to life at sea". Wilmington Star News. Archived from the original on 4 June 2018. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  3. ^ "PN71 — Coast Guard". U.S. Congress. 8 February 1989. Archived from the original on 4 June 2018. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Breaking: Bolton Taps USCG Doug Fears for Acting Homeland Security Advisor". Security Debrief. 14 May 2018. Archived from the original on 2 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Coast Guard Christens 4th National Security Cutter". Archived from the original on 12 July 2017. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Congratulations to Three Former CSIS Coast Guard Fellows". Center for Strategic and International Studies. 10 August 2017. Archived from the original on 2 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  7. ^ Geller, Eric (1 June 2018). "Trump names Coast Guard official as new homeland security adviser". Politico. Archived from the original on 2 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  8. ^ Volz, Dustin (1 June 2018). "Donald Trump to Name Douglas Fears as White House Homeland Security Adviser". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2 June 2018. Retrieved 2 June 2018.

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Preceded by
Tom Bossert
United States Homeland Security Advisor
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