Craig E. Deare, Ph.D.

Dean of Administration

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Craig Deare has served on the faculty at the National Defense University since January, 2001. He joined CISA in March 2010, after more than nine years at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, to include serving as the Dean of Academic Affairs from 2004 to 2007.

Since coming to CISA, his duties have included Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs, and currently as Dean of Administration. Prior to joining NDU, Dr. Deare served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, with a variety of assignments specializing in Military Intelligence and Latin American Foreign Area Officer duties. His principal assignments included troop time with the 82nd Airborne Division, where he served for five years as a Battalion Intelligence Officer, Ground Surveillance Radar Platoon Leader, Assistant G3 Operations Officer (participating in Operation URGENT FURY in Grenada), and a Company Commander of an Intelligence Company Team. He was Deputy Commander of the Joint Counterintelligence Operations Element in Honduras, following which he served as Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He subsequently served as an Assistant Defense Attaché in Mexico City in the early 90s; as a Troop Commander of a Special Operations unit; and spent two years as a Country Director the Office of Interamerican Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was responsible for crafting defense policy matters for Mexico.

He won an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship, and served as a Legislative Assistant for National Security Affairs for Senator Bob Graham. Following his tour on Capitol Hill, he spent time as a Congressional Liaison Officer in the Army's Office of Legislative Liaison and as the Chief of the Plans and Operations Branch of the Programs Division.

Dr. Deare was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1980 as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Arizona, where he received his B.A. in Political Science. He earned an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics, and a Ph.D. in International Relations, both from the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of The Johns Hopkins University. He is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps University's Command and General Staff College.

His research interests focus on U.S. national security strategy and defense policy, as well as security and defense issues related to the Western Hemisphere. His recent publications include "Security Implications of Drug Legalization in the U.S. and Mexico", The State and Security in Mexico: Transformation and Crisis in Regional Perspective "Strategic Forum, Number 243; and "Relaciones de defensa Mexico-Estados Unidos" in Atlas de la Seguridad y la Defensa de Mexico 2009, and "Improving U.S. Defense Structure for the Western Hemisphere" in Joint Forces Quarterly"La militarizacion en America Latina y el papel de Estados Unidos in Foreign Affairs Latinoamerica.