David Rosenberg

David was employed as a civilian by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) for 23 years, completing his last 18 years with the Agency managing his team in Operations at the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap in Alice Springs. When he left in 2008, he was the United States government’s longest serving technical liaison officer in Australia. He became a dual Australian citizen in 2009.

David was trained in Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) and has over 20 years experience in the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) community, evaluating the function, capabilities, performance, and vulnerability assessment of all types of radar, associated weapon systems such as Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs), ballistic missiles, and cruise missiles, and countermeasure techniques / tactics. He has 18 years experience with all aspects of satellite surveillance resources, assets, equipment, and recording techniques and over 20 years experience in the production and reporting of intelligence across the global Intelligence Community.

On 1 October 2018, Hardie Grant Books released his book, Pine Gap: The Inside Story Of The NSA In Australia, the first book about the NSA’s operations at a satellite ground site by an individual who held the Top Secret security clearance that allowed him to work inside Operations. His book details the intelligence collection mission at Pine Gap and the partnership between Australia and the United States that has made Pine Gap the most important satellite ground site in the Intelligence Community.

David is the Technical & Creative Consultant on the Netflix and ABC Australia’s television series Pine Gap, providing set design guidance, believability and authenticity in Operations scenarios, story / character development, signals intelligence terminology, and computer monitor display design. The series is produced by Screentime Australia.

David Rosenberg is a professional speaker who has given over 300 presentations related to Pine Gap, including:

  • The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO)

  • The New Zealand Institute of Intelligence Professionals (NZIIP)

  • The Annual CIO Summit (Sydney)

  • Australian Friends of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem

  • IBM Quarter Century Club

  • Club 13

  • The University Of The Third Age

  • The NSW UFO Research Society

  • Rotary, Probus, Lions & VIEW clubs in NSW and Victoria

  • St Josephs College, Hunter Hill NSW (Year 11 History students)

  • Several national and community Seniors organisations & the Ionian Club of Sydney

David appeared at the 2012 Sydney Jewish Writers Festival in two panel discussions:

  • The Truth We Don’t Know with Danny Crossman, moderated by Zeddy Lawrence, and

  • Tell All: What Do You Reveal In A Memoir? with Peter Lantos & Kerri Sackville, moderated by Michael Visontay