David Elliott is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation and was (2000-2002) director of its Consortium for Research on Information Security and Policy. He contributed over a number of years to the Center's work in control of nuclear proliferation and cyber security. He was a collaborating author of many Center reports and publications, including the book The Transnational Dimension of Cyber Crime and Terrorism, done jointly with the Hoover Institution, and Security in a World with Expanding Nuclear Power.
David served in senior positions in the government and the security research industry. As vice-president, he supervised SRI International's Strategic Study Center and oversaw the administration of the Jason group, and, as a Senior Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), he was responsible for strategic planning. He was for five years a senior staff member and Director for Science and Technology of the National Security Council, Executive Office of the President.
He has been on the Executive Committee of the Army Science Board and chairman of its standing committee for strategic missile defense, a member of the advisory committee of the Strategic Defense Initiative Office, a participant in several studies of the National Academy of Sciences, including the Post-Challenger Space Shuttle Utilization Review, an advisor to the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President, a consultant to the CIA's R&D program office, a member of the editorial board of the DARPA sponsored Journal of Defense Research, an affiliate of the Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation of the University of California, and a member of the University of California, Davis, Board of Visitors for the School of Engineering.
He was awarded the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal. He has a Ph.D. in high-energy nuclear physics from the California Institute of Technology.