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CSBA Appoints David Zikusoka as Research Fellow in Aerospace Studies

Washington, DC, January 30, 2020 – The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), a premier institution for understanding the future of international competition and conflict, today announced the appointment of David Zikusoka as a Research Fellow in Aerospace Studies. Dave will join CSBA on February 10 and will conduct research and analysis on integrated concepts of air, space and cyber power, assessing the impact of all aerospace domains on U.S. and allied strategy.

Dave joins CSBA from the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission, where he was Policy Director for the Commission’s Integration Cell, developing approaches to long-term strategic competition in the cyber domain. Previously, he worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Space Policy and Strategy analyst, Special Assistant for Battle Space Awareness, and Special Assistant for Global Force Planning. Prior to the Department of Defense, Dave served on the national security staff in the office of Vice President Joseph Biden, including as Senior Advisor for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Nonproliferation. Dave has been a Security Fellow at the Truman National Security Project in Washington and has worked and written on topics ranging from space warfare and nuclear weapons to the security implications artificial intelligence. Dave received a Master in Public Diplomacy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and an AB in History from Harvard University.

According to Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken, President and CEO of CSBA, “As we enter a new decade for CSBA, we are complementing our core airpower capabilities with critical new assessments of the space and cyber domains. Dave possesses a powerful combination of academic achievement, policy breadth, and political acumen that makes him an ideal addition to the CSBA team.”


CSBA is an independent, nonpartisan policy research institute established to promote innovative thinking and debate about national security strategy and investment options. CSBA’s assessments focus on key questions related to existing and emerging threats to U.S. national security, and its goal is to enable policymakers to make informed decisions on matters of strategy, security policy, and resource allocation.

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