David T. Burbach, Ph.D.

Associate Professor National Security Affairs
David Burbach photo


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

U.S. Naval War College Faculty Convocation: August 2020

Aug. 03, 2020
10:00 a.m.
Spruance Auditorium, U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Terrorism in Africa: The Rise of Islamist Extremism and Jihadism

Jan. 01, 2019
Insight Turkey
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