John Cole

Military Fellow, International Security Program
Associated Programs: International Security Program

Captain John D. Cole is the U.S. Coast Guard Fellow at CSIS in Washington, D.C., where he provides Coast Guard and military expertise related to national defense, homeland security, and the maritime environment. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1995 and the George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in 2010, where he was that year’s Public Administration Honor Graduate. He has completed nearly 12 years of seagoing service, including 10 of those years as commanding officer and executive officer on six different Coast Guard cutters based across the United States and overseas, including the Persian Gulf. Prior to serving in the CSIS International Security Program, he was the commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane in Portsmouth, VA, responsible for leading 100 crew members and conducting maritime operations from Maine to South America. He has completed a variety of staff assignments, including law enforcement and search and rescue coordinator, maritime operations planner in the U.S. Northern Command Directorate of Operations, and budget and program reviewer at Coast Guard Headquarters, where he analyzed Coast Guard program policies and resource requests and cross-programmatic correspondence for the vice commandant and commandant. His military decorations include the Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service medals, the Combat Action Ribbon, and numerous other personal, operational unit, and military campaign awards.

Contact Information
Email: JCole [at]
Tel: 202-741-3888