Vice 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.
His flag assignments include command of Submarine Group 9 in Silverdale, Washington; deputy director of Plans and Policy, U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska; and as deputy director, force employment at U.S. Fleet Forces Command (USFF). Most recently, he served as director, Strategic Capabilities Policy, National Security Council where he was responsible for presidential policy on all nuclear weapons related issues.
His operational assignments include command of USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740). He also served aboard USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), USS Flying Fish (SSN 673) and USS Finback (SSN 670).
His shore and staff assignments include chief of staff, Submarine Force Atlantic; Navy Staff, Undersea Warfare Division; Submarine Force Atlantic Tactical Readiness Team and prospective commanding officer instructor; Joint Staff Nuclear Operations Division; Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board; and Submarine Force Atlantic Special Operations Division.
Kriete has had an integral role in the two most recent Nuclear Posture Reviews. He assumed the duties and responsibilities as deputy commander, United States Strategic Command in June 2018.