Artificial Intelligence and Global Security

The CNAS Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Initiative explores how the artificial intelligence (AI) revolution could lead to changes in global power, the character of conflict, and crisis stability. The Initiative will also examine the security dimensions of AI safety and prospects for international cooperation.

This research initiative is informed by the Center for a New American Security's Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security, composed of private industry leaders, former senior government officials, and academic experts. The Task Force is chaired by former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work.

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Research Agenda


The Initiative’s research agenda covers a range of issues related to the implications of the AI revolution for global security, including:

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Technology & National Security

A Million Mistakes a Second

Militaries around the globe are racing to build ever more autonomous drones, missiles, and cyberweapons. Greater autonomy allows for faster reactions on the battlefield, an ad...

Technology & National Security

The Algorithms of August

An artificial intelligence arms race is coming. It is unlikely to play out in the way that the mainstream media suggest, however: as a faceoff between the United States and Ch...

Technology & National Security

Quantum Hegemony?

China is positioning itself as a powerhouse in quantum science. Within the past several years, Chinese researchers have achieved a track record of consistent advances in basic...

Technology & National Security

Artificial Intelligence

Preface by Robert O. Work We are in the midst of an ever accelerating and expanding global revolution in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, with enormous impli...

Technology & National Security

Artificial Intelligence and International Security

This report is part of the Center for a New American Security’s series on Artificial Intelligence and International Security....

Technology & National Security

Strategic Competition in an Era of Artificial Intelligence

This report is part of the Center for a New American Security’s series on Artificial Intelligence and International Security...

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2017 AI Summit - Fireside Chat with Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc., joins CNAS Technology and National Security Program Director Paul Scharre on a discussion about the state of Artificial Intelligence in the United States and opportunities for private and public sector collaboration. Access the full transcript here.


2017 AI Summit - Opening Keynote with Dr. Andrew Moore

Dr. Andrew Moore, Dean of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Melon University, addresses the summit by outlining where we stand today in Artificial Intelligence and where the potential for greatest progress lie. The entire AI Summit is available online.


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