David Rader
Economic Security, CFIUS, Law

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David is a national economic security lawyer who previously was the Deputy Director of the Global Investment & Economic Security Directorate at the Department of Defense. David’s portfolio focus was on national economic security, foreign direct investment, trade and industrial policy, and all matters under the purview of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). During David’s time at OSD, he and his staff reviewed more than 1,000 transactions of nearly $1T USD in aggregate. He also led interdepartmental activities regarding macroeconomic modeling, supply chain risk management, complex due diligence and investigations, incentivizing technology development, industrial policy decision-making, and navigating legal or financial issues with senior government officials, Fortune 500 leaders, middle market business executives, law firm partners, entrepreneurs, finance professionals, and interagency and international partners.

Before serving in government, David held roles as a Manager in Transaction Advisory Services at Ernst & Young, a Vice President in the Corporate & Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan, an Associate in the National Security Research Division at the RAND Corporation, a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office as well as the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and he also served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army. 

David holds a BA in Political Science, MA in Government, JD in Corporate Bankruptcy Law, an MS in Finance, and an MBA. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Adjunct Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.