The National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska (NU) proudly welcomes VADM (Ret.) David Kriete as a member of its board of directors.
With 37 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Navy, Kriete brings deep insights and expansive knowledge of NSRI’s national security mission space, particularly focused on strategic deterrence. He retired July 1, 2021, as deputy commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.
“We are honored to have Admiral Kriete join our board, providing us the opportunity to gain not only his expertise in our core competency research focus areas, but the benefits of his capacity for mentorship, something highlighted throughout his naval career,” said Maj. Gen., USAF (Ret.) Rick Evans, NSRI executive director.
Kriete’s flag assignments include deputy commander, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; commander, Submarine Group 9 in Silverdale, Washington; deputy director, plans and policy, USSTRATCOM; and deputy director, force employment at USFFC.
His operational assignments include command of Submarine Squadron 6 and USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740), aboard USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), USS Flying Fish (SSN 673) and USS Finback (SSN 670).
“I’m honored to be a member of the NSRI board of directors and eagerly anticipate the great work ahead,” Kriete said. “I look forward to the opportunity to help NSRI grow its contribution to the many government organizations that it supports, and in particular to help optimize NSRI’s effectiveness in supporting its sponsor, U.S. Strategic Command.”
In his career, Kriete also served as director of Strategic Capabilities Policy for the National Security Council where he was responsible for presidential policy on all nuclear weapons related issues. He also had an integral role in the last two Nuclear Posture Reviews — in 2018 working closely with Dr. Christopher Yeaw, NSRI associate executive director for strategic deterrence and nuclear programs.
“The senior leadership team at NSRI is the most impressive part of the organization,” Kriete said. “Collectively they represent unmatched intellectual capital, experience and commitment in the national security arena.”
After learning about NSRI and NU’s capabilities and capacity for action, Kriete said the partners are well-positioned to help the Department of Defense and federal government agencies determine how to best deter other nations from conducting strategic attacks against the U.S. and its allies, which will be a growing challenge in the coming years as the global security environment changes at an unprecedented pace, including two near-peer competitor nations.
Kriete is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He is a 1984 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a master’s degree in engineering management from Old Dominion University.
“I applaud every member of the NSRI team who has chosen to make their personal and professional contributions to our nation’s security through their work,” he said. “Your service matters to our country, and I am grateful for it.”
About the National Strategic Research Institute
Through the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska leading scientists deliver innovative national security research, technology, product and strategy development, training and exercises, and subject matter expertise to the Department of Defense and other federal agencies. One of only 14 DOD-designated University Affiliated Research Centers in the country, NSRI is sponsored by U.S. Strategic Command and works to ensure the United States’ safety and preparedness against increasingly sophisticated threats. Read about our mission.