David T. Burbach, Ph.D.

Associate Professor National Security Affairs
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Professor Burbach teaches on African regional security, U.S. grand strategy and defense planning. He has published and spoken on civil-military relations and public opinion’s impact on national security, international security and technology (space, cyber and nuclear weapons). Before joining the NWC faculty in 2007, he taught at the Army's School of Advanced Military Studies and has worked for several policy analysis and information technology organizations. Professor Burbach is a political scientist specializing in international relations and the politics of U.S. foreign policy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Cyber Warfare
  • Deterrence
  • Foreign Policy
  • JPME
  • Military Technology
  • Nuclear
  • Policy
  • Space


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Political Science

B.A., Pomona College, Government

News, Media, & Events

Eight Bells Lecture Series: "The British Battle of the Atlantic, 1939-1941"

Mar. 13, 2020
12:00 p.m.
Sail Newport 11th Hour Great Room, 72 Fort Adams Drive, Newport, RI 02840

Terrorism in Africa: The Rise of Islamist Extremism and Jihadism

Jan. 01, 2019
Insight Turkey
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