Co-Chairman, Transition 2016
David Chu serves as President of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a non-profit organization with three federally funded research and development centers that provide objective analyses of national security issues and related national challenges. Dr. Chu served in the Department of Defense during the George W. Bush Administration as Under Secretary of Defense of Personnel and Readiness, and as Assistant Secretary of Defense and Director for Program Analysis during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations. From 1978-1981, he was the Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office for National Security and International Affairs, following service in the Army from 1968-1970.
Additionally, Dr. Chu is a member of the Defense Science Board, and a recipient of many awards, including the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Service and the Department of Veterans Affairs Meritorious Service Award.
Dr. Chu earned his doctorate in economics, as well as his bachelor of arts in economics and mathematics from Yale University.