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Dean Culora is a retired Navy Captain and Naval aviator with over 2500 flight hours. He has served in numerous operational billets at sea including commanding a helicopter maritime strike squadron (HSM-47) and the USS BOXER (LHD-4), an amphibious assault carrier. His staff tours include serving on the Joint Staff where he was the action officer responsible for coordinating military policy during the groundwork initiatives to expand NATO in the mid-1990's and as Flag Secretary to the Chief of Naval Education and Training; He also served as acting Director , then Deputy Director for Strategy and Policy on the Navy Staff.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Amphibious Warfare
  • Arctic
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Deterrence
  • HA/DR
  • International Relations
  • Joint Operations
  • Leadership
  • Maritime Strategy
  • Policy


M.A., Naval War College, Strategic Studies, With Distinction

M.A., Naval Postgraduate School, National Security Affairs

B.A., School of Visual Arts in New York

Related Credentials

Dean Culora was a Federal Executive Fellow at Harvard University's Olin Institute from 2001-2002 during which time he focused primarily on leadership issues. From 2005 to 2007 he was a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York where his work examined global leadership, humanitarian assistance and U.S. maritime strategy.

External Memberships and Associations

Council on Foreign Relations Dean Culora also continues his work as a fine artist exploring themes of post-post-modernism, issues of anonymity, the internet and global political issues. He maintains an active studio and has been featured in several regional and international exhibits.

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Jul. 14, 2019
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The Future Belongs to Those Who Show Up—And Act Boldly

Jan. 23, 2019
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