David Joël La Boon

Headshot taken outsideResearch Associate

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Monterey, CA

Areas of Research

  • Modeling Missile and Nuclear Programs
  • Maritime Security & Modernization
  • Spectral, Sonic & Atmospheric Analysis
  • Nuclear & Chemical Analysis
  • Geospatial & Open Source Analysis


David Joël has served as a Research Assistant to the East Asia Nonproliferation Program. He has been an intern of the International Nuclear Safeguards Policy and Information Analysis program hosted by CNS in conjunction with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and a Research Fellow at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Education and Research Center (NEREC) at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea. While serving in the U.S. Navy, he worked as a reactor plant chemist on pressurized water reactors of various platforms, a Radiological Controls Technician, Radioactive Material Steward, Radiation Survey Supervisor, and Casualty Assistance Team Lead.


David Joël La Boon graduated from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS) in 2020 with an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies. Prior to coming to MIIS, David Joël earned an MIS from Seoul National University focusing on Missile Defense. His two BAs in International Studies: Foreign Policy, Security, and Diplomacy, as well as French Studies were earned from the University of Washington in 2013. Between 2012 and 2013, David Joël pursued independent research while in residence at l’Institute d’Études de Sciences Politiques de Paris. Previously, he attended U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School, Nuclear Field Prototype Training, reactor plant chemistry training at the Engineering Laboratory Technician School with Knolls Atomic Power Laboratories (KAPL), as well as Radiological Technician School.