Ben FitzGerald

  • Technology and National Security

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 has broad 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 research has been published in PRISM, Small Wars Journal and the U.S. Army SSI PKSOI papers. He has undertaken field research in Australia, Afghanistan, Colombia, Sudan and most dangerously, Twentynine Palms, CA. Outside of professional commitments, Mr. FitzGerald spends his time assiduously avoiding social media.

  • June 3, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald, Kelley Sayler
  • Reports

Creative Disruption: Technology, Strategy, and the Future of the Global Defense Industry

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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.

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  • April 23, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald, Parker Wright
  • Reports

Digital Theaters: Decentralizing Cyber Command and Control

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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.

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  • December 13, 2013
  • Aaron Martin, Ben FitzGerald
  • Reports

Process Over Platforms: A Paradigm Shift in Acquisition Through Advanced Manufacturing

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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.

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  • September 25, 2013
  • Ben FitzGerald, Kelley Sayler, Shawn Brimley
  • Reports

Game Changers: Disruptive Technology and U.S. Defense Strategy

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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.

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  • October 22, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Op-eds

Technology strategy then and now – the Long Range Research and Development Planning Program

As part of the Beyond Offset Project, Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald contributes an op-ed to War on the Rocks discussing technology strategy and planning in the Cold War era.

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  • August 13, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Op-eds

Can America Maintain Its Military-Technology Edge?

Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben FitzGerald in The National Interest responds to Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work’s call for a third ‘offset strategy’ and discusses how the Department of Defense must develop new strategies to maintain military-technical superiority.

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  • July 10, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Op-eds

Peering into America's Military Blind Spots: High-Impact Long Shots

Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben FitzGerald co-authors with August Cole from the American Security Project an op-ed in War on the Rocks that dissects survey results which unveiled troublesome blind spots in U.S. defense strategy deemed least disruptive. 

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  • May 6, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald, Michael Horowitz
  • Blog: The Agenda

#CreativeDisruption Survey 3 Results

  • April 29, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Op-eds

The Best Defense Ready, Aim, 'F.I.R.E.': A review

Ben FitzGerald reviews F.I.R.E. How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation on Foreign Policy's Best Defense blog.

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  • February 7, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Blog: The Agenda

#creativedisruption Survey 1 Results

  • December 23, 2013
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Blog: The Agenda

Liberty and Security in a Changing World: B-Sides and Deep Cuts

  • December 13, 2013
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Blog: The Agenda

Process Over Platforms

  • December 12, 2013
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Blog: The Agenda

What does the President think about NSA surveillance?

  • December 6, 2013
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Blog: The Agenda

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  • July 31, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Audio

Interview: Ben FitzGerald talks Cybersecurity on Federal News Radio

Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben FitzGerald examines cybersecurity strategies and cyber cultures on Federal News Radio.

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  • June 16, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Videos

Video: Eighth Annual Conference: Creative Disruption: Strategy, Technology and the Future Defense Industry

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.

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  • May 22, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Videos

Video: Ben FitzGerald on VOA News Discussing Spying Charges Against China

Ben FitzGerald, director of the Techonology and National Security program, discusses the DOJ's spying charges against individuals in the Chinese military.

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  • May 20, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Videos

Video: Ben FitzGerald on C-SPAN Discussing Chinese Hacking Charges by DOJ

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Technology and National Security Program Director Ben FitzGerald joins C-SPAN's Washington Journal to discuss the DOJ's announcement charging individual in the Chinese military with spying on U.S. companies.

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  • June 17, 2013
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Videos

Video: CNAS 2013 Annual Conference - Bugs, Bytes & Bots

Incoming Foreign Policy editor Noah Shachtman moderated a discussion at the 2013 CNAS Annual Conference on June 12 with Dr. Irving Lachow, Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS; Ben FitzGerald, Managing Director of Noetic Corporation; and Rosa Brooks, Professor at Georgetown University Law Center on the way emerging technologies will disrupt the national security environment and the ethical challenges posed by their use.

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