Dave is a happily retired U.S. government China specialist. He lives with his wife in Hawaii, where they both enjoy exploring, food, hiking, music, and hanging out at the beach.
Dave has served as a professor at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, inaugural director of the China Strategic Focus Group at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, principal advisor on China to four consecutive U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Commanders, executive director of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, foreign policy advisor to U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, and as a senior China program manager and peer certified master linguist at the National Security Agency.
Dave was awarded the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in 2012 by President Obama for his support to U.S. national-level strategy and policy development, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2016 by General Dunford for his contribution to improving the operational effectiveness of the Joint Force.
Dave holds a Ph.D. in Government and Politics and an M.A. in International Security from the University of Maryland at College Park, an A.M. in East Asian Regional Studies from Harvard University, and a B.A in Political Science from the University of New Mexico.
China Has a Digital Grand Strategy. Does the President Know? PacNet, March 7, 2023
Digital China: The Strategy and Its Geopolitical Implications Issues and Insights, February 21, 2023
China’s Digital Challenge: Hidden in Plain Sight, Bigger Than You Thought, and Much Harder to Solve CSIS, May 11, 2022
How China Will Dominate the Global Competition Over Data The National Interest, April 28, 2022
China’s Plan for Digital Dominance War on the Rocks, March 28, 2022
Making the Most of It, Part II: Xi Jinping Leverages Coronavirus ‘War Without Smoke’ to Spur Digital Transformation, Test National Defense Mobilization Security Nexus, April 27, 2020
China’s Global Covid-19 Assistance is Humanitarian and Geopolitical. That’s Why People are Worried Security Nexus April 14, 2020
Making the Most of It, Part I: China’s Military Wins the COVID-19 Fight in Wuhan Security Nexus April 6, 2020
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Dave is mostly just having fun now, and that includes writing about Digital China now and then.
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