Kelley Sayler

  • Defense Strategies and Assessments

Kelley Sayler is an Associate Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she works with the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program and the 20YY Warfare Initiative. 

Ms. Sayler’s recent CNAS publications include Battlefields and Boardrooms: Women's Leadership in the Military and the Private Sector; Creative Disruption: Technology, Strategy, and the Future of the Global Defense Industry; Building Better Generals; and Game Changers: Disruptive Technology, and U.S. Defense Strategy.  Her writing has also appeared in The National Interest, CNN.com, Defense News, and War on the Rocks, among others.

Prior to joining CNAS, Ms. Sayler was a Research Associate with the Defense and National Security Group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where her work focused on the international security environment and defense strategy and policy. She previously interned with CSIS’ Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) and wrote extensively on U.S. nuclear policy for the PONI Debates the Issues blog.

Ms. Sayler holds an M.A. in International Relations from Baylor University, where she was named the Richard D. Huff Distinguished Master's Student in Political Science, and a B.A. in Letters and Sociology-Criminology from the University of Oklahoma, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  She is a member of The Foreign Policy Initiative’s 2014-2015 Future Leaders Program.

  • April 7, 2016
  • Paul Scharre, Kelley Sayler

Autonomous Weapons and Human Control

Paul Scharre and Kelley Sayler of CNAS’ Ethical Autonomy Project examine how autonomy is used in current and future weapons and prospects for human control.

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  • February 22, 2016
  • Kelley Sayler
  • Reports

Red Alert: The Growing Threat to U.S. Aircraft Carriers

Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler examines the short-, medium-, and long-range threats to the carrier – including SAMs and other anti-access/area denial capabilities, in which China is investing heavily – and concludes that U.S. carriers will not be able to act with impunity in the event of future conflict. 

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  • June 10, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler
  • Reports

A World of Proliferated Drones: A Technology Primer

Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler examines the proliferation of drones to states, non-state actors, and individuals. The report also outlines the various types of drones and what capabilities each enables, as well as the security implications – from cross-border operations to overmatch against U.S. forces – of a drone-saturated world.

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  • April 7, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler, Michael Horowitz, Paul Scharre
  • Other Resources

Autonomous Weapons at the UN: A Primer for Delegates

CNAS experts Paul Scharre, Michael Horowitz, and Kelley Sayler provide a pimer for UN delegates on autuomous weapons.

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  • February 16, 2015
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  • Other Resources

Nanotechnology and U.S. Military Power

Research Associate Kelley Sayler explores nanotechnology and U.S. military power as an excerpt of the American Foreign Policy Council's "Defense Dossier."

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  • January 8, 2015
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Katherine Kidder, Kelley Sayler, Nora Bensahel
  • Reports

Battlefields and Boardrooms: Women's Leadership in the Military and the Private Sector

Dr. Nora Bensahel, LTG David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Katherine Kidder, and Kelley Sayler examine the career paths of professional women through the ranks of the U.S. military and private sector.

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  • November 10, 2014
  • Michael Horowitz, Paul Scharre, Kelley Sayler
  • Policy Briefs

Autonomous Weapon Systems at the United Nations

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CNAS experts Michael Horowitz, Paul Scharre and Kelley Sayler examine the issues facing U.N. delegates, along with recommendations for action.

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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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  • March 26, 2014
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  • Other Resources

Preparing the U.S. Military for an Uncertain Future

In an article publised by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Research Associate Kelley Sayler weighs in on preparing the U.S. military for "an uncertain future."

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  • October 25, 2013
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Katherine Kidder, Kelley Sayler, Nora Bensahel
  • Reports

Building Better Generals

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In Building Better Generals, the CNAS Responsible Defense (RD) team urges policymakers and military leaders to redouble their efforts to create an “adaptive and creative officer corps” that is prepared to address a wide range of 21st Century challenges.

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  • October 28, 2013
  • David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Katherine Kidder, Kelley Sayler
  • Events

CNAS Report Release: Building Better Generals

On October 28, the Center for a New American Security hosted a discussion marking the release of a major new CNAS report, Building Better Generals. 

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  • April 11, 2016
  • Kelley Sayler, Paul Scharre
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: Autonomous Weapons at the United Nations

CNAS experts Paul Scharre and Kelley Sayler have written a press note on autonomous weapons at the United Nations.

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  • March 30, 2016
  • Kelley Sayler
  • In the News

Report: U.S. aircraft carriers’ ‘unchallenged primacy may be coming to a close’

The Washington Post features a new report on U.S. aircraft carriers by Defense Strategies and Assessments Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler.

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  • February 8, 2016
  • Shawn Brimley, Jerry Hendrix, Ben FitzGerald, Julianne Smith, Paul Scharre, Loren DeJonge Schulman, Kelley Sayler, Katherine Kidder, Michelle Shevin-Coetzee, Rachel Rizzo
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: What to Look for in the Defense Budget

With the FY 2017 Defense Budget set to drop this week and Secretary Carter having outlined budget last week, ten CNAS experts have provided insight into the key items to look for in the budget.

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  • September 14, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler
  • In the News

Pakistan Joins Exclusive Drone Club, With Nod to China

Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler and Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Technology and National Security Research Program Michael Horowitz discuss the uses of drones in Bloomberg.

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  • August 6, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler, Paul Scharre
  • In the News

More Sophisticated, Autonomous Unmanned Aircraft on the Horizon

Senior Fellow and Director of the 20YY Warfare Initiative Paul Scharre and Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler are interviewed on their report focused on proliferated drones in National Defense Magazine.

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  • July 24, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler
  • In the News

Move over, PlayStation: Sony gets into the drone business

Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler discusses exemptions given by the FAA for drone usage in the United States in The Christian Science Monitor.

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  • June 24, 2015
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  • In the News

Air Force struggles to keep pace with explosion in the use of combat drones

Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler discusses challenges to the Air Force due to the reduction in flight capacity in The Washington Post.

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  • June 10, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler
  • In the News

Small Drones Are A Big Danger; Think Flying IEDs: CNAS

Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler talks with Sydney Freedberg, Jr. at Breaking Defense regarding her report, "A World of Proliferated Drones: A Technology Primer."

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  • May 18, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler
  • In the News

Experts: Marco Rubio’s numbers on military strength don’t tell full story

In McClatchy DC News, Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler weighs in on Sen. Marco Rubio's numbers on military strength.

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  • May 11, 2015
  • Paul Scharre, Kelley Sayler
  • In the News

China’s (Not So Scary) Drone Army

Senior Fellow Paul Scharre and Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler discuss China's drone army with Breaking Defense.

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  • April 11, 2016
  • Paul Scharre, Kelley Sayler
  • Blog: The Agenda

Statement at United Nations CCW Expert Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems

  • July 30, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler
  • Op-eds

Dawn of the Drones

Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler penned an op-ed examining the rise of hobbyist drones and their capabilities in The National Interest.

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  • July 29, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler
  • Op-eds

Stephen Hawking Doesn't Have to Fear Killer Robots

Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler penned an op-ed examining the rise of autonomous weapons and why scientists such as Stephen Hawking shouldn't fear them in Defense One.

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  • May 15, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler
  • Op-eds

The Civil Drone: Non-Kinetic Applications of Drone Technology

Associate Fellow Kelley Sayler pens a Leading Edge article on the non-kinetic applications of drone technology.

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  • April 28, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler
  • Op-eds

Postgame: the U.N. Debate on Lethal Robots

Research Associate Kelley Sayler weighs in on the U.N. debate on lethal robots.

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  • March 17, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler, Paul Scharre
  • Op-eds

Commentary: The Imperative of Long-Range Strike

20YY Warfare Initiative Director Paul Scharre and Research Associate Kelley Sayler pen an op-ed discussing new long-range strike bomber.

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  • February 25, 2015
  • Kelley Sayler, Paul Scharre, Van Jackson
  • Op-eds

Release the drones

20YY Warfare Initiative Director Paul Scharre, Visiting Fellow Van Jackson and Research Associate Kelley Sayler pen an op-ed discussing export restrictions for military and commercial drones. 

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  • December 8, 2014
  • Kelley Sayler
  • Op-eds

Talk Stealthy to Me

Research Associate Kelley Sayler pens an op-ed in War on the Rocks on the communications gap between the US' stealthy fighter jets.

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  • March 2, 2016
  • Kelley Sayler
  • Audio

Kelley Sayler: Drones prove more effective in swarms

As both defensive and offensive platforms, unmanned aircraft have a lot more potential when working in groups known as swarms.Kelley Sayler, associate fellow and defense analyst at the Center for a New American Security, offers insight on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

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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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