Technology and National Security

The Technology and National Security Program explores the nexus of strategy, technology and business to develop practical ideas that capitalize on opportunities, and mitigate risks, associated with the rapid pace of technological change. 

Technology has had a profound impact on warfare since the beginning of armed conflict. We are now living through a period of unprecedented technological change that impacts all areas of society and has significant implications for national security.  

CNAS is in a unique position to address this problem space as an independent, non-partisan think tank that maintains strong relationships with government, technology businesses and research organizations. CNAS' work on technology and national security aims to enable national security professionals in government and industry to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate risks associated with rapid technological change.

The CNAS Technology and National Security team includes:

 

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  • July 29, 2016
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  • June 22, 2016
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