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Dr. Zachary S. Davis

Visiting Research Professor


Research Interests
Intelligence; WMD Proliferation; South Asia

Dr. Zachary S. Davis specializes in technical intelligence on weapons of mass destruction. He has broad experience in intelligence and national security policy and has held senior positions in the executive and legislative branches of government. As Group Leader for Lateral Proliferation at Z Division (the field intelligence unit at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) he was responsible for technical intelligence assessments of proliferation networks and weapons of mass destruction programs involving several foreign countries. Much of his research has focused on Pakistan.

Dr. Davis began his career at the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress and has served in the State Department, Congressional committees, and the National Security Council. In 2006-2007 he was Senior Advisor at the National Counter Proliferation Center, in the office of the Director of National Intelligence.

He is the author of numerous government studies and reports on technical and regional proliferation issues. His academic publications include articles in Asian Survey, Arms Control Today, Security Studies, and chapters in several edited volumes. He was editor of the 1993 book The Proliferation Puzzle: Why States Proliferate and What Results. He holds a doctorate in international relations from the University of Virginia.

Zachary Davis is currently Visiting Research Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School where he is developing a training curriculum on WMD interdiction issues and managing South Asia programs for the Center for Contemporary Conflict. Dr. Davis is writing a book on President Eisenhower’s strategic thought. He is married and has two young sons, Max and Sam.

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