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David Cooper

Adjunct Professor School of International Service

David Cooper is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Defense University, specializing in nonproliferation, arms control, and homeland security. He previously spent nearly two decades as a career official in the Office of the Secretary Defense, where he served as Director of Strategic Arms Control Policy, Director of Nonproliferation Policy, and Principal Director for Homeland Security Integration.


PhD, Political Science and International Relations, The Australian National University, Master of International Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, BA, Oberlin College

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Dr. Cooper’s research interests include nonproliferation, arms control, and regional security institutions.

Selected Publications

  • Competing Western Strategies Against the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Comparing the United States to a Close Ally. Westport: Praeger Publishers, 2002.

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

Dr. Cooper has twice received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the third highest civilian award of the U.S. Department of Defense.