Dan DeBree is an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Public Service & Administration Department at the Bush School of Government & Public Service. DeBree teaches courses in the Cybersecurity Policy & Management (CPM) and Homeland Security & National Defense (HSND) concentrations of the Master of Public Service & Administration degree plan.
DeBree has over 30 years of military and homeland security experience. Before joining the Bush School, DeBree served as a National Operations Center (NOC) Operations Officer in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, D.C. DeBree led the DHS Crisis Action Team (CAT) to support the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, directing the daily operational reporting and departmental workforce impacts and analysis, and providing COVID-19 Pandemic global situational awareness to DHS leadership, the Interagency, and White House COVID-19 Task Forces. He also advised cabinet-level national leadership during domestic/international emergency response and terrorist incidents.
DeBree is a retired Colonel in the US Air Force. From 1987-2010, DeBree served in Air Force leadership including Commander, AFROTC Detachment 890 at the University of Virginia (UVA); Vice Commander, 4th Fighter Wing; Vice Commander, 455 Air Expeditionary Wing; and Commander, 494th Fighter Squadron.
DeBree earned a National Defense Fellowship in International Relations and Affairs in 2007 from Boston University. During his time at BU, DeBree was one of 41 board-selected Air Force officers to study transitional societies in crisis, especially Russia and other post-Soviet states, paying particular attention to political, ethnic, and international destabilizing factors.
DeBree has a Master of Arts in International Relations and National Security Studies from California State University-San Bernardino (1992) and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology (1987).