Rear Admiral Scott Jerabek, Deputy Director DTRA


Rear Admiral Scott JerabekRear Admiral Scott Jerabek is Deputy Director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) headquartered on Fort Belvoir, Virginia. DTRA’s mission is to safeguard the U.S. and its allies from WMD, specifically chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear/high-yield explosive threats by providing the means to prevent and counter WMD proliferation and reduce, eliminate, and mitigate their effects. This includes helping ensure the U.S. maintains a safe, secure, effective and credible nuclear weapons deterrent. As the DoD Combat Support Agency for the Counter WMD mission, DTRA develops and provides operational support for associated capabilities to warfighters worldwide.

The son of a Korean War veteran, Admiral Jerabek enlisted in the Navy in 1979 and then commissioned through the Navy Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) at the University of Nebraska. His first sea assignment was aboard USS Gray (FF 1054) as gunnery officer, legal officer and damage control assistant. He was later assigned aboard USS Missouri (BB 63) as turret II officer and nuclear weapons security officer. He served ashore as executive officer of the Navy Reserve Center in Kansas City, Mo., and officer in charge of Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 114.

He was the senior Navy representative in the Air Tactical Operation Center, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for Operation Southern Watch. In 2003 he was a Task Unit Commander in Umm Qasr, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom, responsible for the defense of Iraq’s strategic port. He was Commodore, Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 1 in San Diego from 2006 to 2008, and commanded an Inshore Boat Unit, a Naval Special Warfare detachment. He was the director of the Navy Element, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He was the commanding officer of the U.S. Forces, Japan Detachment, and Chief of Staff, U.S. Forces, Japan, during Operation Tomodachi. His first flag tour was as Deputy Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command. He was commander, Navy Warfare Development Command from 2013 to 2014 and recently served as Director, J7 (Theater Engagement), U.S. Southern Command from 2014 to 2016.

Admiral Jerabek holds a Master of Foreign Affairs from the School of Advanced Military Studies, Operational Arts Fellowship, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and a Master of Business Administration from Baker University, Baldwin City, Kan.