Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
Bold. Innovative. Bipartisan.
Ben FitzGerald is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. In this capacity, Mr. FitzGerald leads CNAS efforts to explore the national security implications associated with the rapid pace of technological change by exploring the nexus of strategy, technology and business.
Mr. FitzGerald's recent CNAS publications include: Creative Disruption: Technology, Strategy and the Future of the Global Defense Industry; Digital Theaters: Decentralizing Cyber Command and Control; Process Over Platforms: A Paradigm Shift in Acquisition Through Advanced Manufacturing and Game Changers: Disruptive Technology and U.S. Defense Strategy.
Mr. FitzGerald has wide experience across a range of strategic matters having led and contributed to projects on topics as diverse as interagency conflict prevention, UN peacekeeping doctrine, transitional law enforcement, the future of urban-littoral combat and the future role of the United States Marine Corps. A natural facilitator, he has designed and led a variety of wargames for military and civilian audiences ranging from action officers to four star generals.
Technology has played an ongoing role throughout Mr. FitzGerald’s career. His early experience was gained working in technology companies Unisys, Rational Software and IBM. In these roles he assisted a range of government clients, including defense and signals intelligence agencies, align their technology strategy, methods and infrastructure with organizational goals. Mr. FitzGerald has also supported OSD AT&L experimentation on integrated tactical technology for urban combat, explored NIH and DoD collaboration on human performance enhancement and led NeXTech, an investigation of game changing technology.
As a business leader, Mr. FitzGerald moved from his native Australia and established, then led as Managing Director and board member, the North American business of Noetic, a privately owned national security strategy firm. He grew the business from an initial start-up to a highly regarded organization with clients including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the United States Marine Corps, Joint Forces Command and the United Nations, among others. Ben’s work was recognized with Australian Capital Territory Export Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Mr. FitzGerald’s commentary and other publications have appeared in Foreign Policy, Mashable, Reuters, Small Wars Journal, the U.S. Army SSI PKSOI papers and Vice. He has undertaken field research in Australia, Afghanistan, Colombia, Sudan and most dangerously, Twentynine Palms, CA.
CNAS Experts Ben FitzGerald, Peter Levin, and Jacqueline Parziale recommend the Department of Defense invest more in open source software.Read More
CNAS experts Ben FitzGerald and Loren DeJonge Schulman examine whether the innovation efforts underway have the potential to achieve the reform Defense Secretary Carter seeks.Read More
Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the next steps regarding acquisition reform.Read More
As the U.S. Marine Corps prepares to celebrate its 240th birthday, Ben FitzGerald, director of the Technology and National Security Program, and LtCol Brian Bruggeman, a former Senior Military Fellow, have released a new report on Institutional Innovation in the U.S. Marine Corps.Read More
Amy Chang, Ben FitzGerald, and Van Jackson unpack how proliferating technologies are intersecting with strategic competition, coercive behaviors, and unclear norms to exacerbate dangerous "gray zone" scenarios. They outline ways to "remove the fog" of technology and shore up stability in maritime Asia.Read More
Technology and National Security Program Director Ben FitzGerald and Research Associate Kelley Sayler highlight the "growing disconnect" between Defense Department (DOD) needs and what the existing business climate and acquisition strategy and structures are able to provide.Read More
Ben FitzGerald and Lt Col Parker Wright, USAF recommend that Congress and the Department of Defense should establish a mature and effective C2 structure that responsibly decentralizes C2 of theater cyber forces.Read More
In Process Over Platforms: A Paradigm Shift in Acquisition through Advanced Manufacturing, Dr. Aaron Martin and Ben FitzGerald address concerns about the U.S. ability to maintain its current technological advantage and respond to changing military needs in an era of declining budgets, growing costs, emerging technology and increased global competition.Read More
In Game Changers: Disruptive Technology and U.S. Defense Strategy, Vice President Shawn Brimley, Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben FitzGerald and Research Associate Kelley Sayler discuss how the rapid diffusion of advanced technology throughout the world has the potential to challenge the U.S. technological advantage in defense capabilities.Read More
CNAS cordially invites you to attend a panel discussion of how the Department of Defense and others are leveraging technology to improve health care outcomes, improve readiness, and do so with greater efficiency.
In Bloomberg, senior fellow Ben FizGerald notes the rudimentary difficulties facing the new DIUx program in Silicon Valley.Read More
Senior fellow Ben FitzGerald analyzes former DIUx director George Duchak and the organization's recent changes in Defense NewsRead More
Senior fellow Ben FitzGerald expresses his surprise after the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act reveals the position for Acquisition Chief will be terminated in Defense NewsRead More
Senior fellow Ben FitzGerald suggests the best way to reform and recreate DIUx in Defense NewsRead More
In The Wall Street Journal, senior fellows Loren D. Schulman and Ben FitzGerald analyze the DIUx reform as positive change rather than failureRead More
Senior fellows Loren D. Schulman and Ben FitzGerald discuss the Defense Secretary's positive reform changes to the Defense Innovation Unit (DIUx) in Breaking DefenseRead More
In Bloomberg, senior fellows Ben FitzGerald and Loren D. Schulman discuss DIUx's past issues which inspired the new reformsRead More
CNAS senior fellows Ben FitzGerald and Loren DeJonge Schulman write a press note on what Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s announcement of the of the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental tells us about the future of innovation at the Pentagon.Read More
Defense News features a new report on defense innovation written by CNAS senior fellows Ben FitzGerald and Loren DeJonge Schulman.Read More
Senior fellow Ben FitzGerald discusses the challenges that come with defense innovation and change at the CNAS Annual Conference.Read More
On an America Abroad podcast, Senior fellows Ben FitzGerald and Paul Scharre look at how drones are revolutionizing the skies, and how this technology has moved from science fiction to reality.Read More
On Knowledge@Wharton (SiriusXM Channel 11), Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald joins Dan Loney and Jeffrey L Vagle to discuss the terrorist attacks in Paris and the battle of the encryption of data.Read More
President and Chief Executive Officer of Textron, Ellen Lord, Chief Executive Officer of Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies, Inc. William J. Lynn, Senior Fellow Paul Scharre, Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald, and Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler discuss the use of drones and advances in their technology.Read More
Bob Martinage of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and Ben FitzGerald of the Center for New American Security discuss how the U.S. plans to offset the technological gains of other countries.Read More
Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben Fitzgerald discusses lessons learned from the F-35.Read More
Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald discusses the importance of the Beyond Offset project and provides recommendations for the Department of the Defense's third offset strategy.Read More
Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald and CSBA's Robert Martinage discuss Sec. Chuck Hagel's departure from the Department of Defense and DOD's Offset Strategy.Read More
Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben FitzGerald examines cybersecurity strategies and cyber cultures on Federal News Radio.Read More
The Honorable William J. Lynn III, former U.S. deputy secretary of defense and Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) discuss strategy, technology and the future of the defense industry. Technology and National Security Program Director Ben FitzGerald moderated the discussion.Read More