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'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.

  • April 28, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald, Loren DeJonge Schulman
  • Reports

12 Months In – 8 Months Left: An Update on Secretary Carter’s Innovation Agenda

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.

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  • December 3, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Congressional Testimony

Ben FitzGerald before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the next steps regarding acquisition reform.

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  • November 5, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald, LtCol Brian Bruggeman, USMC
  • Reports

Crisis Response: Institutional Innovation in the United States Marine Corps

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.

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  • March 26, 2015
  • Amy Chang, Ben FitzGerald, Van Jackson
  • Reports

Shades of Gray: Technology, Strategic Competition, and Stability in Maritime Asia

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.

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  • 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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  • January 22, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald, Phillip Carter
  • Events

A Conversation About Healthcare Technology as a National Security Asset and Improving Outcomes

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.

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  • June 8, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

The Pentagon Reboots Its Silicon Valley Outpost

In Bloomberg, senior fellow Ben FizGerald notes the rudimentary difficulties facing the new DIUx program in Silicon Valley. 

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  • May 16, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

Carter Gambles with DIUx Direct Report

Senior fellow Ben FitzGerald analyzes former DIUx director George Duchak and the organization's recent changes in Defense News 

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  • May 13, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

Senate Defense Bill Would Blow Up DoD Acquisition Chief's Job

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 News

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  • May 12, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald, Loren DeJonge Schulman
  • In the News

Leadership, Structural Changes for DoD Silicon Valley Office

Senior fellow Ben FitzGerald suggests the best way to reform and recreate DIUx in Defense News

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  • May 12, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald, Loren DeJonge Schulman
  • In the News

Defense Secretary Revamps Pentagon Technology Unit

In The Wall Street Journal, senior fellows Loren D. Schulman and Ben FitzGerald analyze the DIUx reform as positive change rather than failure

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  • May 12, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald, Loren DeJonge Schulman
  • In the News

Pentagon Reboots Silicon Valley Startup as Analysts Cite Flaws

In Bloomberg, senior fellows Ben FitzGerald and Loren D. Schulman discuss DIUx's past issues which inspired the new reforms

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  • May 12, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald, Loren DeJonge Schulman
  • In the News

SecDef Carter Unveils DIUX 2.0; Cans Current Leadership

Senior fellows Loren D. Schulman and Ben FitzGerald discuss the Defense Secretary's positive reform changes to the Defense Innovation Unit (DIUx) in Breaking Defense

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  • May 11, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald, Loren DeJonge Schulman
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: DIUx, Silicon Valley, and Innovation at the Pentagon

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.

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  • May 2, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald, Loren DeJonge Schulman
  • In the News

Report: Carter Should Focus Innovation Push Internally

Defense News features a new report on defense innovation written by CNAS senior fellows Ben FitzGerald and Loren DeJonge Schulman.

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  • April 13, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

Beyond IEDs

In USA Today, Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald discusses the use and impact of improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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  • May 31, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Op-eds

Time for Twitter to grow up: Column

In USA Today, senior fellow Ben Fitzgerald explains why Twitter must stop behaving as an immature social media platform.

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  • May 13, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald, Loren DeJonge Schulman
  • Op-eds

The DIUx Is Dead. Long Live The DIUx.

In Defense One, senior fellows Loren D. Schulman and Ben FitzGerald write an op-ed explaining the DIUx overhaul and how it's redefining failure

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  • March 31, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald, Alexandra Sander, Jacqueline Parziale
  • Op-eds

Reforming Acquisitions and the Need for Speed

In Defense News, CNAS technology experts Ben FitzGerald, Alexandra Sander, and Jacqueline Parziale examined House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry's new acquisition reform legislation.

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  • December 6, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald, Alexandra Sander
  • Op-eds

Opinion: Cybersecurity collaboration needs a toolkit. So we built a prototype

CNAS experts Ben FitzGerald and Alex Sander pen an op-ed discussing the NextWare Cyber Collaboration Toolkit.

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  • February 18, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Op-eds

The Theory Of Intersectionality Can Make Cybersecurity Collaboration Real

Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald pens an op-ed discussing cybersecurity collaboration.

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  • December 4, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Op-eds

When Superiority Goes Wrong: Science Fiction and Offset Strategies

Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald discusses science fiction and offset strategies in a War on the Rocks op-ed.  

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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

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  • December 3, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Congressional Testimony

Ben FitzGerald before the Senate Armed Services Committee

Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on the next steps regarding acquisition reform.

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  • December 7, 2015
  • Paul Scharre, Ben FitzGerald
  • Audio

Podcast: How Drones Are Reshaping the World

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.

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  • December 7, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Audio

Knowledge@Wharton Radio: Ben FitzGerald on Data Encryption

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.

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  • July 8, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald, Kelley Sayler, Paul Scharre
  • Videos

Video: CNAS 2015 Annual Conference - The Promise and Peril of Drones

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.

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  • May 17, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Videos

This Week in Defense News: DoD Offset Strategy

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.

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  • April 14, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Audio

Audio: Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben Fitzgerald discusses lessons learned from the F-35.

Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben Fitzgerald discusses lessons learned from the F-35.

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  • December 4, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Videos

Beyond Offset Working Group Interview: Ben FitzGerald

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.

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  • December 1, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Videos

Hagel's Departure and DOD Offset Strategy

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.

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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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