Rear Admiral Donald P. Loren, USN (ret)

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Of Defense

Rear Admiral Don Loren, USN (Ret)

Don Loren serves as strategic advisor and national liaison for Vets4Energy, a national group of America’s veterans who believe national security is dependent on sound energy policy. 

Prior to joining the private sector, Don was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security Integration, where he was responsible for strategic planning, policy development, defense support of civil authority integration and capacity building for all issues related to homeland defense and homeland security.  In this capacity he represented the Department of Defense on the Homeland Security Council Domestic Readiness Group.   

Originally from Massapequa, New York, Don retired from the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral, completing a thirty-one year naval career.  His career includes duty in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Deputy Director of the Strategy and Policy Division; service on the congressionally mandated Commission on Roles and Missions of the U.S. Armed Forces; and as NATO policy officer and principal staff NATO advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs with responsibility for all U.S. military relationships with NATO, Partnership for Peace, and Mediterranean Dialogue nations.  He served as flag secretary for the Commander-in-chief U.S. Naval Forces Europe, and later as executive assistant and senior military advisor to the NATO Commander-in- chief Allied Forces Southern Europe. As Deputy Director for Surface Ships in the Surface Warfare Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, he was responsible for all surface combatant requirements, including development of the Littoral Combat Ship and the Zumwalt class destroyer.  His final tour in uniform was as The Joint Staff Deputy Director J-5 for Politico-Military Affairs (Europe, NATO, Russia, and Africa) where he was responsible for all U.S. military relationships in Europe, Eurasia, the former Soviet republics, and Africa. Subsequent to his naval career, Don served as a Senior National Intelligence Service Executive in the Office of the Director, National Intelligence, where he was assigned as the first Deputy for Operations Support at the then newly created National Counterterrorism Center.

He is currently President and CEO of Old Dominion Strategies, an independent certified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business national and homeland security consulting company providing systems-level strategic planning, technology assessment, and integration in the areas of homeland defense, homeland security, countering weapons of mass destruction, and critical infrastructure protection.

A 1974 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, his post-graduate education includes advanced degrees and certificates of advanced studies from  the Old Dominion University Darden School of Education, the Harvard University Center for International Affairs, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies, the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship, the NATO Defense College, the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, the Department of State Foreign Service Institute, and the Center for Creative Leadership. Don is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and has achieved the designation as a Board Governance Fellow.  He has served as an adjunct lecturer for the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship in Syracuse, New York, The George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany, the Canadian Forces College in Ottawa, Canada, and the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  He also holds the position of Professor of Military Science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.   Additionally, he serves as a Senior Fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA.  Don is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Homeland Security Intelligence Council, and is a coauthor of the Alliance’s recent monograph, “The Evolving Terrorist Threat and the Importance of Intelligence to Protect the Homeland.” He also serves as senior defense advisor to the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council, a group of Fortune 500 companies with significant homeland security business interests.

Don was appointed to serve on the Virginia Governor’s Military Advisory Council.  He served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Uniformed Services, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, where he is also chair of the Chamber’s Veterans and Military Business Council. He is a member of numerous advisory boards and councils, and serves as a trustee of the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. Additionally, he serves on the nonprofit boards of directors of the America’s Adopt a Soldier Foundation, the Hope for the Warrior Foundation, the Rear Admiral James Carey Foundation, and the Mission Readiness Foundation.  

He has been awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and various personal, unit, and campaign awards. Additionally, he has received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy from the Italian government, has been awarded the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross and Conspicuous Service Star, and was awarded the 2007 Old Dominion University Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Don is a Naval Institute Press book author, and has also published numerous professional journal articles and papers.