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

  • November 17, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald, Shawn Brimley
  • Press Notes

Press Note: The New DOD Offset Strategy

Washington, November 17 – In a major speech on November 15, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel unveiled the new Defense Innovation Initiative, commonly known as the “third offset strategy.” To explain the speech and the broader initiative – and put them in context – the directors of the Center for a...

Read More

  • November 6, 2014
  • Richard Fontaine
  • Op-eds

China’s Cyber Moves Hurting Beijing

A new report by an arm of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence confirms what officials have privately lamented for several years:  the United States is the target of a vast array of cyber attacks, many focused on stealing intellectual property, originating in China. The report highlights the...

Read More

  • November 3, 2014
  • Paul Scharre
  • Op-eds

America's Secret Weapon for Battlefield Dominance: Build the Swarm

The U.S. military is at a crisis point. We are staring down the barrel of a future where U.S. military technological superiority may no longer be a given wherethe military strength that has undergirded global security since World War II may be in question. The technologies that have given the U.S...

Read More

  • October 31, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

New Strategy Would Cut F-35s, Boost Bombers and UAVs

Today’s U.S. power-projection forces, and those currently planned for the future, will not be able to operate effectively or efficiently against anti-access/area-denial (A2AD) weapons and doctrine being developed by China and other adversaries, according to a new report by the Center for Strategic...

Read More

  • October 30, 2014
  • Van Jackson
  • Op-eds

Superiority at any Price? Political Consequences of the First Offset Strategy

Military strategies serve political ends. Judgments about their effectiveness cannot be separated from the historical and geopolitical context in which they exist. The first U.S. offset strategy met the demands of strategic competition, but in its political context, failed in crucial respects. Any...

Read More

  • October 29, 2014
  • Shawn Brimley
  • Audio

Shawn Brimley, Executive Vice President, CNAS

Download the audio at Federal News Radio.

Read More

  • October 29, 2014
  • Amy Chang, Ben FitzGerald
  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: Cyber Breach at the White House

 Washington, October 29 – In response to reports that the White House was the victim of a prolonged cyber breach, Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Technology and National Security Program Director Ben FitzGerald  and Research Associate Amy Changhave written a new press note explaining the...

Read More

  • October 29, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

White House hacked - was Russia involved?

The White House is confirming cyber attacks on unclassified computer networks, and people are pointing the finger of suspicion at Russia. "The White House has detected some activity of concern on the White House network," said spokesman Josh Earnest, and is seeking to learn the source of hack...

Read More

  • October 26, 2014
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

DoD Speeding Tech Acquisition Efforts

  The civilian team at the top of the Pentagon’s acquisition structure is charging in several directions at once, pushing initiatives aimed at revamping how the building thinks through technology development, shares those burdens with allies and finds the next leap-ahead capability. The Defense...

Read More

  • October 22, 2014
  • Daniel Burg, Paul Scharre
  • Op-eds

To Save Money, Go Unmanned

U.S. Defense Department leaders have called for a renewed effort to sustain America’s military technological dominance, but to do so they will have to fight an uphill battle against entrenched bureaucratic interests competing over a shrinking budgetary pie. Whether this initiative will be more...

Read More

Pages