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David is a PhD candidate and research assistant in the Department of War Studies, where he administers the King’s Intelligence & Security Group. He has a professional background in track II diplomacy and applied research, with a focus on intelligence and space security. He was previously a Research Associate at Asialink Diplomacy, where he coordinated the research of several track II initiatives, and a Junior Research Fellow at Ormond College in the University of Melbourne.

Thesis Title

The Evolution of Intelligence Assessment Machinery


David’s project explores the history of intelligence assessment machinery, with a comparative study of the smaller members of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence network - Australia, Canada, and New Zealand – during the Cold War. His research leverages recently declassified archival material in each country, and draws on theoretical insights from political science/IR to explain changes in the organization of intelligence over time.

Research Interests

Intelligence, Cold War History, Alliances, Space Security


Michael Goodman (primary), Joe Maiolo (secondary)