David Wright is a nationally known expert on the technical aspects of missile defense systems, missile proliferation, and space weapons. He has authored numerous articles and reports on arms control and international security, such as Securing the Skies: Ten Steps the United States Should Take to Improve the Security and Sustainability of Space, North Korea’s New Launch Site, and The Physics of Space Security. He also has testified before Congress on arms control issues and is frequently cited by the New York Times, NPR, and other news organizations.
Since 1990, he has been a primary organizer of the International Summer Symposiums on Science and World Affairs, which foster cooperation among scientists around the world working on arms control and security issues. In 2001, he was a co-recipient of the American Physical Society’s Joseph A. Burton Forum Award for his arms control research and his work with international scientists.
Before joining UCS in 1992, Dr. Wright was a senior research analyst with the Federation of American Scientists and served as an SSRC-MacArthur fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He received his doctorate degree in physics from Cornell University in 1983 and worked as a research physicist from 1983 to 1988.