David A. Cooper, Ph.D.

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Chair National Security Affairs
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David A. Cooper serves as Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs and holds a faculty appointment as The James V. Forrestal Professor of National Security Affairs. He teaches in the college's core and elective programs. His areas of expertise include nonproliferation, arms control and disarmament, weapons of mass destruction, multilateral negotiations and organizations, international relations theory, and U.S. foreign policy. He is a scholar-practitioner who served for almost two decades in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where he held tenured career appointment in the Senior Executive Service (SES) including at the 2-star level.

Areas of Expertise

  • Deterrence
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Relations
  • National Security
  • Nuclear

Professional Highlights


The James V. Forrestal Professor & Chair of the Department of National Security Affairs


Ph.D., The Australian National University (ANU), Political Science and International Relations

M.I.A., School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, International Affairs

B.A., Oberlin College

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23rd International Seapower Symposium

Sep. 18, 2018
8:00 a.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Nuclear club's rival weapons and agendas pushing us into uncertain new world

Oct. 28, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
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