Rear Admiral Douglas M. Fears

Deputy Assistant to the President, Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor

U.S. Coast Guard


Rear Admiral Doug Fears serves as a Deputy Assistant to the President and the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Advisor on the National Security Council staff.  Prior to his appointment, Fears served as a Special Assistant to the President and the Senior Director for Resilience Policy on the National Security Council staff.

He has over three decades of experience including service in eight U.S. ships around the world, three of those ships as Commanding Officer. Ashore, he served as Chief of Staff for the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area command, as Coast Guard’s Chief of Law Enforcement Policy, as the Director for Central America and the Caribbean on the National Security Council staff, as the counterterrorism, law enforcement and command and control architecture Program Reviewer in the Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Budget and Programs, as an Assistant Liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, and as the Aide and Executive Assistant to the Admiral overseeing operations in the Pacific Northwest, based in Seattle, Washington.

Rear Admiral Fears is a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore and enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1982. He has been awarded numerous personal, unit, campaign and service awards. He is an alumnus of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Naval War College, and Harvard University, with a B.S. in Government, an M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies, and a Master in Public Administration degree, respectively. He was the Coast Guard Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies from 2009 to 2010 and a Fellow in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI on Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest from 2011 to 2012.  He also served as member of the Editorial Board for the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings magazine from 2010 to 2013, and was Chairman from 2011 to 2013.