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.
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.
Senior Fellow & Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben FitzGerald discusses the battle between the hacking group Anonymous and the Islamic State on HuffPost Live.Read More
Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben FitzGerald examines whether online surveillance could have prevented the Paris attacks in U.S. News & World Report.Read More
Technology Director for the National Security Program Ben FitzGerald examines the values and intentions of the hacker collective Anonymous in Fortune.Read More
Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben FitzGerald discusses how state and non-state actors utilize drones in Motherboard.Read More
Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben FitzGerald examines the benefits of quantum technology for the Pentagon in Defense News.Read More
On Foreign Policy's Best Defense blog, Chris Fussell reviews "Digital Theaters: Decentralizing Cyber Command and Control," a recent report by Senior Fellow Ben FitGerald.Read More
Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald discusses DoD's big data investments with Inside the Pentagon's Scott Maucione.Read More
Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben Fitzgerald discusses the Pentagon's new cyber strategy.
Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben Fitzgerald weighs in on the relationship between Silicon Valley and the Pentagon.Read More
Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben Fitzgerald discusses technology challenges facing the Department of Defense.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
Ben FitzGerald, director of the Techonology and National Security program, discusses the DOJ's spying charges against individuals in the Chinese military.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More