David Montague

David Montague


not in residence

Research Interests

National security issues such as: missile defense technology, missile and nuclear technology proliferation issues, defense acquisition issues, and security implications of energy policy choices.


David Montague, an independent consultant, is retired President of the Missile Systems Division at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, his background is in development of military weapon systems, particularly in program management, systems engineering, guidance and control, tactical warning and attack assessment systems of , and ballistic missile defense. His experience has focused on both tactical and strategic strike systems, as well as on the requirements for, development of, and policy issues related to defense systems to protect against weapons of mass destruction. His research interests include solutions to reduced dependency on oil, electric vehicles powered by battery or fuel cells integrated with induction drive high-speed highway automatic headway and vehicle control. 

Mr. Montague is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and has served on numerous scientific boards and advisory committees, to include task forces for both the U.S. Army and Defense Science Board. He has consulted for the director of LLNL's National Ignition Facility and as a member of LANL director’s Senior Advisory Group. He served six years as a member of the National Research Council Naval Studies Board and from 2010-2012 he led the congressionally mandated NAS study assessing technical viability and life cycle costs of US ballistic missile defense programs of record and alternatives culminating in classified report to congress and as unclassified National Academy Press report “Making Sense of Ballistic  Missile  Defense” published in September 2012. Currently completing book on improving major defense acquisition entitled “Getting it Right”.