Creative Disruption: Task Force on Strategy, Technology and Global Defense Industry

The vibrant dynamism of the geopolitical, security and technological environments will increasingly force the global defense industry to develop creative strategies and business models or risk catastrophic failure. Successful defense businesses will benefit from the disruption to existing business norms caused by globalizing markets, rapid technological change and declining defense resources, while others fall by the wayside.

The Task Force on Strategy, Technology and the Global Defense Industry will examine the current state of the industry and the viability of the existing competitive environment, to include the foreign military sales and trade regimes. It will also explore ways in which strategic and technological trends will shape the future and the innovations required for defense businesses to compete effectively. The task force will additionally identify regulatory and structural inhibitors to continued innovation and provide recommendations for adaptation in the global defense industry.

As part of the project Creative Disruption: The Task Force on Strategy, Technology and Global Defense Industry, CNAS conducted a series of three short surveys. The findings from the firstsecond and third surveys can be found on the CNAS Blog: The Agenda.

The Task Force asked several defense technology experts to examine the future of global defense industry. View their 1- to 2-minute responses.

Creative Disruption Task Force Co-Chairs:

  • Mr. William J. Lynn III - Former Deputy Secretary of Defense and Chief Executive Officer, Finmeccanica North America and DRS Technologies
  • Admiral James G. Stavridis, USN (Ret.) - Former NATO Commander, Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Creative Disruption Task Force Steering Committee:

  • Robert O. Work - CEO, Center for a New American Security
  • Ben FitzGerald - Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security
  • Denis Bovin - Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, Stone Key Group
  • Geoff Hoon - Managing Director International Business, AgustaWestland
  • ACM Angus Houston, AC AFC (Ret.) - Former Chief of the Australian Defence Force
  • Linda Hudson - President and CEO, BAE Systems
  • Brett B. Lambert - Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy;
  • Joseph I. Lieberman - Former Senator, CNAS Board Member
  • Ellen Lord - President and CEO, Textron Systems Corporation
  • James R. Murdoch - Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Chairman and CEO, International, 21st Century Fox
  • Sean O’Keefe - CEO, Airbus Group Inc.

Related Content

  • 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

Defense Secretary Ash Carter often warns about budget shortfalls in Washington. Here, he’s facing a coolness shortfall. Carter on Thursday launched a major new Defense Department effort to partner with Silicon Valley tech companies, but many of the players he is courting in the office parks south...

Read More

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

Can the Defense Department Rekindle Romance With Silicon Valley?

After spending two decades largely ignoring the very Silicon Valley tech start-up culture that it helped bankroll in the 1970s and ’80s, questions remain about a new Defense Department push to reconnect with the California tech world, especially in a post-Snowden era where trust between the two...

Read More

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

Chinese Cyber Tool Poses Risks for Chinese Firms

China has long censored the internet with its so-called “Great Firewall.” But now researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Toronto say Beijing is employing a new method that has the capability to attack websites hosted on servers located abroad. Security...

Read More

  • April 22, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Press Notes

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

Washington, April 22 – Ben FitzGerald, director of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Technology and National Security Program, has written a new Press Note in advance of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s speech tomorrow on “Rewiring the Pentagon: Charting a New Path on Innovation...

Read More

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

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

A powerful new Internet weapon unleashed by the Chinese government against websites working to bypass the country's online censorship was meant to deliver a not-so-subtle message to activists and foreign governments that the Communist nation will escalate efforts to control information on its...

Read More

  • April 10, 2015
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • Press Notes

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

Washington, April 10 – 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. The Press Note provides context for the BBP and makes recommendations for...

Read More

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

White House battles cyberattacks on a daily basis

The White House is under attack every day. Cyber attack. The methods change, and the suspects range from individual actors to governments like Russia, China,North Korea and Iran. The goal is basically the same, to penetrate government computers for classified information. Government networks are...

Read More

  • April 6, 2015
  • Peter Harrell
  • Op-eds

The importance of cyber offense: Sanctions are a good start

On April 1, the Obama administration announced a new sanctions program to target "malicious cyber-enabled activities" -- the criminal hackers and government-backed spies who threaten America's security and prosperity with sophisticated online attacks. The U.S. government did not issue sanctions...

Read More

  • March 30, 2015
  • Amy Chang, Ben FitzGerald, Van Jackson
  • Reports

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

In this seventh paper in the Maritime Strategy Series, Amy Chang, Ben FitzGerald, and Van Jackson unpack how a "fog of technology" is exacerbating dangerous "gray zone" scenarios in maritime Asia. Proliferating technologies that lack of clear norms to govern their use are intersecting with...

Read More

  • March 27, 2015
  • Press Releases

CNAS Launches The NextWare Sessions to Provide a Method for Improved Cybersecurity Collaboration

  The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) today launched The NextWare Sessions, an occasional series addressing particular technology and security challenges. The first NextWare sessions will develop creative concepts to guide practical action on how cross-disciplinary collaboration can...

Read More

Pages