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/Board and Staff
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]