Craig A. Deare, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of Academic Affairs and Dean of Administration
College of International Security Affairs, National Defense University
Craig Deare, Ph.D. has served on the faculty of 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, where he served as the Course Director for the Center’s first Advanced Defense Policy Course, leading the NationLab Team and serving as the Dean of Academic Affairs from 2004 to 2007.
Prior to joining NDU, 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, after which 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 1990s; as a Troop Commander of a Special Operations unit; and for 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.
Deare was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, 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 & Operations Branch of the Programs Division.
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 both an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics and a Ph.D. in International Relations 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 & General Staff College.
Deare's 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 publications include “U.S.-Mexico Defense Relations: An Incompatible Interface,” in Strategic Forum, Number 243; “Relaciones de defensa México-Estados Unidos,” in Atlas de la Seguridad y la Defensa de México 2009; “Improving U.S. Defense Structure for the Western Hemisphere,” in Joint Forces Quarterly; and “La militarización en América Latina y el papel de Estados Unidos,” in Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica.