Rear Adm. Dave Kriete is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He is a 1984 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he majored in general engineering. He holds a master’s in engineering management from Old Dominion University.
At sea, he served as a division officer aboard USS Finback (SSN 670); engineer, navigator/operations and weapons officer aboard USS Flying Fish (SSN 673); executive officer of USS Kentucky (SSBN 737) (Gold); commanding officer of USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) (Blue); and commander of Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 6. During his tour as commanding officer of USS Rhode Island (Blue) received the commander, SUBRON-16 Battle Efficiency Award three times and the Trident Outstanding Performance Award twice.
His shore and staff assignments include: assistant force special operations officer on the staff of commander, Submarine Force U.S Atlantic Fleet; nuclear propulsion examining board member on the staff of commander in chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; nuclear operations divisions staff officer on the Joint Staff; senior member of the Submarine Force Atlantic Tactical Readiness Evaluation team; and prospective commanding officer (PCO) instructor on the staff of commander, Submarine Force Atlantic. While assigned to the Navy Staff from 2008 to 2010, he started the Ohio (SSBN) Replacement program and served as representative to the Nuclear Posture Review and the New Start Treaty. He later served as the chief of staff to commander, Submarine Force Atlantic and Commander Task Force 144 and deputy commander, Allied Submarine Command.
Kriete is currently assigned as director, Strategic Capabilities Policy, National Security Council where he is responsible for presidential policy on all nuclear weapons related issues.
In his previous flag assignments, he served as commander, Submarine Group 9, Silverdale, Washington; deputy director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command (USSSTRATCOM), Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; and as deputy director force employment at U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF).