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Demetri Economos, CDR

Demetri Economos, CDR

Military Professor
National Security Affairs
(401) 841-1368


Commander Economos attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia receiving a B.S. degree in Biology in 1983. Commander Economos continued his education at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio receiving a M.Ed. in Health Education in 1988.  Immediately after graduation, Commander Economos was accepted for doctorate studies at the Universite de Sherbrooke in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada and was awarded a Ph.D. in Physiology in 1992. Following graduation he was commissioned as a Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps, United States Navy on 30 May 1992. 

Since his commissioning, Commander Economos has served tours of duty in the following capacities: Assistant Director, Aviation Physiology Training Unit, Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia (1993 and 1994);   Project Officer, Force Aircraft Test Squadron, Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland (1995 and 1996);  Officer in Charge, Aviation Survival Training Center, Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, Maryland (1996-1998); and Senior Investigator, Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland (1998-2000).

In 2000, Commander Economos was selected to attend the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College, Quantico, Virginia and was awarded the JPME Phase I certificate upon graduation.  Commander Economos then served on staff as Requirements Officer to Marine Corps Combat Development Command, Quantico, Virginia until 2004.  Following this tour, Commander Economos served as Department Head, Biomedical Research Department, Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Panama City, Florida until 2007.

In 2007, Commander Economos was selected to attend the Naval War College (senior class), Newport, Rhode Island and was awarded a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies and the JPME Phase II certificate upon graduation.  Commander Economos then served on staff as Doctrine Action Officer to Navy Warfare Development Command, Newport, Rhode Island until 2010.  Commander Economos then transferred to Marine Corps Systems Command, Quantico, Virginia where he served as Physiologist and Human Systems Integrator for Infantry Weapons Systems until 2012.  Commander Economos currently serves as a Military Professor in the National Security Affairs Department of the Naval War College, Newport, RI.

Commander Economos has authored/co-authored numerous publications and book chapters and holds the following Navy subspecialties: Human Systems Integration, Physiology, Aerospace Physiology, and National Security Studies.  He also holds the following Defense Acquisition (DAWIA) qualifications: Systems Planning Research, Development and Engineering (Level III), Test and Evaluation Engineering (Level II), and Program Management (Level II).

Commander Economos has earned the following awards and distinctions: Meritorious Service Medal (with Gold Star), Joint Services Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Gold Star), Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Astronaut Candidate (1999), Aerospace Medical Association’s Young Investigator Award (1995), Phi Sigma Society - iota chapter (1982).

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