CISSM Forum | February 23, 2012

"Defense Budgets in a Period of Austerity"

by David E. Mosher, Assistant Director for National Security, Congressional Budget Office

David Mosher returned to CBO in June 2010, where he now leads the division in which he was a principal analyst from 1990 to 2000. In the decade in between his time at CBO, he was a senior policy analyst at RAND.  Mr. Mosher is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and served as the director of the American Physical Society's Study Group on Boost-Phase Intercept Systems for National Missile Defense.

Mr. Mosher's research at RAND focused on environmental issues for the Army in contingency operations; ballistic missile defense; military use of space; nuclear proliferation; nuclear weapons; the role of the military and the National Guard in homeland security; special forces aviation; Army strategy; and terrorists' acquisition and use of nuclear, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons. Among his recent publications are Green Warriors: Army Environmental Considerations for Contingency Operations from Planning Through Post-Conflict (2008); Diversion of Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Expertise from the Former Soviet Union: Understanding an Evolving Problem (2005), with John V. Parachini and others; Army Forces for Homeland Security (2004), with Lynn E. Davis and others;  Report of the American Physical Society Study Group on Boost-Phase Intercept Systems for National Missile Defense (2004), with David K. Barton and others; Individual Preparedness and Response to Chemical, Radiological, Nuclear, and Biological Terrorist Attacks (2003), with Lynn E. Davis and others; and "The Budget Politics of Missile Defense," in James Clay Moltz, ed., New Challenges in Missile Proliferation, Missile Defense, and Space Security (2003). Mr. Mosher holds an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, and a B.A. in physics, from Grinnell College.