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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  • Paul Scharre
  • Audio

Audio: Killer Robots

On NPR affiliate WYPR, senior fellow Paul Scharre discusses the dangers and ethical delimma of lethal autonomous weapons, cited by many as "killer robots."   Listen to the full discussion moderated by Sheilah Kast on the WYPR website.

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  • May 11, 2016
  • Paul Scharre
  • In the News

Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley for Edge in Artificial Intelligence

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — In its quest to maintain a United States military advantage, the Pentagon is aggressively turning to Silicon Valley’s hottest technology — artificial intelligence. On Wednesday, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter made his fourth trip to the tech industry’s heartland...

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  • May 10, 2016
  • Elbridge Colby
  • In the News

A fight to protect ‘the most valuable real estate in space’

  The first salvo was a missile launch by the Chinese in 2007 that blew up a dead satellite and littered space with thousands of pieces of debris. But it was another Chinese launch three years ago that made the Pentagon really snap to attention, opening up the possibility that outer space would...

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  • April 28, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald, Loren DeJonge Schulman
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12 Months In – 8 Months Left: An Update on Secretary Carter’s Innovation Agenda

“12 Months In – 8 Months Left: An Update on Defense Innovation,” provides a status update on Secretary Carter’s innovation agenda, examines whether the innovation efforts underway have the potential to achieve the reform Carter seeks, and offers concrete steps the secretary can take to...

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  • April 17, 2016
  • In the News

Lynn: Partnerships will drive defense R&D success

Research and development constitute a large part of the Third Offset – the defense Department’s effort to make sure the US military technologically stays at least a generation ahead of its potential adversaries. The Center for a New American Security is launching the Future Foundry initiative to...

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  • April 11, 2016
  • In the News

CNAS to Form Task Force for DoD-Industry Collaboration Project

The Center for a New American Security has launched a new project that will employ the help of a task force comprising industry leaders that will work to develop a new vision for collaboration between the Defense Department and industry partners. CNAS said Wednesday the “Future Foundry: Forging...

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  • April 7, 2016
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CNAS Launches Project On “Future Foundry: Forging New Industries for Defense”

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) is pleased to announce a major new project, “Future Foundry: Forging New Industries for Defense.” The project, led by Technology and National Security Program Director and Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald, will develop and articulate a positive vision for...

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  • April 2, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald
  • In the News

Beyond IEDs

The Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) was once a multibillion-dollar juggernaut in the Pentagon’s war against improvised explosive devices (IEDs). But resources began to dwindle with the withdrawal from Iraq and drawdown in Afghanistan, and now the much-reduced agency has a new name and...

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  • March 30, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald, Alexandra Sander, Jacqueline Parziale
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Reforming Acquisitions and the Need for Speed

This month, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, unveiled new acquisition reform legislation. The draft stand-alone bill is noteworthy from a procedural perspective, showing leadership on a vitally important topic with a limited political constituency. But the bill...

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  • March 29, 2016
  • Ben FitzGerald
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The Pentagon Wants Your Favorite Homemade Bomb Recipe to Stop a Brussels-Style Terrorist Attack

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