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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  • Jerry Hendrix
  • In the News

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  • June 22, 2016
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • In the News

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  • June 15, 2016
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • In the News

Potential Iranian deal for airliners thrusts Boeing into risky political debate

Boeing could hardly step into a more sensitive, touchy deal than the imminent agreement to sell about 100 passenger jets to the Islamic Republic of Iran. With the sale, Boeing faces unique political risks here in the United States — with potential blowback among Americans opposed to last year’s...

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  • June 13, 2016
  • Jerry Hendrix
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Put the X-47B Back to Work — As a Tanker

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  • June 1, 2016
  • Kelley Sayler, Paul Scharre
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  • May 31, 2016
  • Paul Scharre, Kelley Sayler
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The B-21 Bomber Should Be Unmanned on Day 1

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  • May 25, 2016
  • Paul Scharre
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Audio: Killer Robots

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  • May 11, 2016
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Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley for Edge in Artificial Intelligence

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  • May 10, 2016
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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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