Lieutenant Colonel David Thomas is a doctoral student at the School of Public Policy and has served in the US Army for almost 29 years. He has served for the past seven years as a Nuclear Counterproliferation Officer, most recently working in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan developing training teams focused on chemical weapons interdiction along Jordan's northern border. Prior to this, he led interagency training teams working with U.S. partner nations in the Balkans and Black Sea regions. Over his career, Thomas has conducted military missions in fourteen countries across Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Thomas plans to research how international security politics and regional conflicts increase or decrease the likelihood of nuclear weapons employment, and he hopes to analyze best practices for promoting global and regional stability among nuclear-armed states. He previously attended George Washington University, completing a Masters in International Policy and Practice, and holds an MA in English and a BS in Education from Southeast Missouri State. He's been married to his high-school sweetheart for 25 years, and they have four teenagers.