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.

  • 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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  • April 24, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

Ash Carter's appeal to Silicon Valley: We're 'cool' too Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/ash-carter-silicon-valley-appeal-117293.html#ixzz3YF4CdANL

Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben Fitzgerald discusses technology challenges facing the Department of Defense.

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  • April 24, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

Can the Defense Department Rekindle Romance With Silicon Valley?

Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben Fitzgerald weighs in on the relationship between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon.

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  • April 23, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

Chinese Cyber Tool Poses Risks for Chinese Firms

Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben Fitzgerald weighs in on China's Great Firewall.

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  • April 22, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: Secretary Carter Charts the Pentagon’s Cybersecurity and Innovation Agenda

Technology and National Security Program Director Ben FitzGerald has written a new Press Note in advance of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s speech on “Rewiring the Pentagon: Charting a New Path on Innovation and Cybersecurity.”

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  • April 15, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

China's 'Great Cannon' Redirects U.S. Traffic for Censorship

Senior Fellow Ben Fitzgerald weighs in on China's new Internet weapon.

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  • April 10, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: Better Buying Power at the Department of Defense

Ben FitzGerald, director of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Technology and National Security Program, has written a new Press Note on DOD’s release of Better Buying Power (BBP) 3.0. 

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  • April 9, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

White House battles cyberattacks on a daily basis

In a USA TODAY​ article, Senior Fellow Ben Fitzgerald weighs in on cyber attacks at the White House. 

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  • February 19, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

NSA or Not, Surveillance Malware Endangers Internet

Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald weighs in on Malware and the NSA.

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  • February 11, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

#Disrupt the Pentagon

Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald discusses how the Pentagon approaches technology development.

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  • February 5, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

Why some privacy advocates are skeptical about Obama's new NSA guidelines

Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald weighs in on the President’s new NSA guidelines

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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

#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

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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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  • 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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