David Livingstone MBE DSC

Associate Fellow, International Security Programme


David has been an associate fellow in the International Security programme since 2005. He has participated in a number of research projects with a focus on cyber security (government policy, protection of critical national infrastructure, cyber warfare, space and civil nuclear industry) and also on national risk management, counterterrorism and serious and organized crime.

He has given evidence at Parliamentary committees and has provided expert witness services to the Central Criminal Court.

He is a former naval officer specializing as a helicopter pilot, but served as a desk officer in the UK Ministry of Defence for four years, leading policy development on Military Aid to the Civil Authorities (MACA).

In this appointment he was a staff officer in the UK’s national crisis command centre (COBR).

He retired from the services in 1999, and after some beneficial experience in corporate industry, has been an independent strategy adviser to government and industry clients since 2005, including services to international governments and transnational organizations.

David’s areas of expertise include law enforcement, critical minerals, space-related data applications, zero-carbon strategies, and just transition.

Past experience

2005 - presentDirector, Napier Meridian Ltd
2001-05Northrop Grumman UK
1999-2001Aerosystems International Ltd
1977-99Royal Navy, Executive Branch