John E. Prevar

Degree and Year: 
PhD 1969
Professional Title: 
Director of Communications and Community Support for the Assistant Director of National Intelligence for Acquisiton, Technology & Facilities
Employer: 
Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Professional Background: 
Naval Intelligence Officer (1971-1996); U.S. Government (1996-present)

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?: 
I was in the Ph.D. program for English when I was drafted in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam War. After serving as a Navy enlisted sailor for two years, I was selected for Officer Candidate School as a Special Duty Officer, Intelligence. The primary reasons that I was selected for this relatively small community within the Navy were my abilities to write and to do research - key skills for an intelligence officer. Much of my naval and subsequent civilian careers have involved writing and editing, from short intelligence "spot reports" to exhaustive studies on current and future technology. My demanding work as a Duke graduate English student prepared me well for an equally demanding career in public service.