David Inserra

David Inserra

Policy Analyst, Homeland Security and Cyber Policy, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Defense
  • Homeland Security
  • Immigration
  • Cybersecurity

David Inserra specializes in homeland security issues, including cyber and immigration policy as well as critical infrastructure.

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David Inserra, a policy analyst in Heritage's Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, specializes in homeland security issues, including cyber, counterterrorism, and immigration policy.


Inserra researches and writes Heritage Foundation papers and contributes to Heritage’s news platform, The Daily Signal, on a variety of homeland security topics and policies. As part of this work, he maintains Heritage’s timeline of Islamist terrorist attacks and plots against the U.S. homeland since 9/11. His written work has appeared in The Hill, the Washington Times, Fox News, and the National Interest. He is a regular guest on radio and television stations across the country including Fox News and NPR. Inserra has testified before Congress and participates in private briefings as well as in in public debates and events to discuss national security issues facing the U.S.


Inserra, who joined Heritage in 2012, grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He holds a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts in government and economics from the College of William & Mary. He and his wife, Cayla, reside in Arlington, Virginia.