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Donald P. Loren

Assistant Secretary Operations, Security, and Preparedness

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Donald P. Loren was appointed by President Trump to serve as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Assistant Secretary for Operations, Security, and Preparedness. He was subsequently sworn into office by the Secretary on August 10, 2017.

Mr. Loren oversees VA’s force protection and mission assurance efforts by leading the facilitation and integration of the Department’s emergency management response and recovery, personnel security and suitability, and security and law enforcement activities. These efforts aid to prevent and mitigate degradation of VA services to Veterans and employees, as well as to support federal response efforts for incidents and emergencies.

Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Loren was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Old Dominion Strategies, LLC, a Service Disabled Veteran Small Business that provides analysis and advisory services to government and commercial sectors in national, international, and homeland security thought leadership. Previous to joining the private sector, Mr. Loren was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security Integration, where he was responsible for strategic planning and policy development, capability and resource assessment, domestic and NATO/international partnership Defense Support of Civil Authority integration and capacity building, congressional activities, strategic communications, and education issues related to homeland defense and homeland security.

Mr. Loren retired from the United States Navy as a Rear Admiral, completing a thirty-one year naval career, which included command of a guided missile frigate and a Destroyer Squadron as well as duty in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations; the Staff of the Commander U.S. Naval Forces, Europe; The Joint Staff; and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Subsequent to his naval career, Mr. Loren 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 National Counterterrorism Center.

A 1974 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, his post-graduate education includes Old Dominion University, Harvard University Center for International Affairs, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for National Security, the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Government, 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, the National Defense University, and the Center for Creative Leadership “Leadership at the Peak” program. 

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