Fellow/Associate Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

Full Time

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) seeks to hire a Fellow/Associate Fellow for its Technology and National Security Program. Ideal candidates will have experience in research and/or policy development at the intersection of technology and national security and an interest in U.S. technology competitiveness and policy. Policy-relevant knowledge and expertise in strategic technologies, such as semiconductors/microelectronics, artificial intelligence, information and communications technology, cybersecurity, or digital infrastructure, is preferred.

The Technology and National Security Program explores the national security challenges associated with foundational and emerging technologies. Technology is an important enabler of military, economic, and political power. Rapid developments in artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, digital infrastructure, cybersecurity, networking and social media, and disinformation are profoundly altering the national security landscape. A key focus of the program is bringing together the technology and policy communities to better understand these challenges and together develop solutions.


The following is an overview of primary responsibilities. Other tasks may be required, and responsibilities will vary over time.


  • Conduct original research and analysis to advance understanding and improve public policy related to technology and national security.
  • Write and publish reports, policy memos, articles, op-eds, and other written and multimedia products related to core program themes.
  • Engage other experts to conduct research and analysis as part of the program’s mission.
  • Collaborate with other CNAS research programs.


  • Lead and participate in events, such as working groups, panel discussions, roundtables, and task force meetings.
  • Participate in consultative meetings and outreach to senior executive and legislative branch officials and technology leaders in both the public and private sectors.
  • Serve as an expert commentator in the media and engage in public outreach through public speaking, press opportunities, and other outlets.
  • Engage key constituency groups and organizations, including domestic and foreign professional associations, relevant multilateral institutions and bodies, and counterpart research or advisory institutions in the United States and abroad.


  • Research potential funders.
  • Prepare and manage program budgets in conjunction with Center staff.
  • Engage and liaise with current and prospective donors.
  • Develop project proposals and grant applications by providing drafting and administrative management support in coordination with Program and Center staff.
  • Prepare and submit interim and final grant reports.


  • Formulate event agendas including themes and speakers.
  • Design, manage, and support public and private workshops, roundtable discussions, and other events that contribute to the Center’s research agenda.


  • Edit CNAS papers and reports for substance, style, and layout.
  • Coordinate with outside authors as needed.
  • Manage publication schedules and deadlines.
  • Collaborate with Center staff to develop compelling graphics, data visualizations, and other methods of content delivery.
  • Strategize and execute the promotion of research products among target audiences.


  • Participate in candidate interviews, employee orientation, and other personnel processes.
  • Attend internal meetings and represent CNAS at external events.
  • Mentor colleagues and future security leaders both formally and informally.
  • Staff CNAS events and activities as needed.
  • Travel as needed, both domestically and internationally.


Candidates should possess the following:

  • Strong organizational skills and uncompromising attention to detail.
  • Excellent and efficient writing skills, including diligent self-editing and fact checking.
  • Project management experience and a demonstrated ability to develop and carry out multiple project work plans simultaneously.
  • Discretion, especially with regards to judging the quality of data and competing information sources.
  • Willingness and ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Master’s degree in relevant area of study (e.g., political science, international relations, security studies, engineering, or sciences) is preferred.
  • Legal right to work in the United States.

About CNAS

The Center for a New American Security develops bold, innovative, and bipartisan national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values. Building on the deep expertise and broad experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts, and the public with innovative fact-based research, ideas, and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate. As an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization, CNAS leads efforts to help inform and prepare the national security leaders of today and tomorrow. CNAS is located in Washington, D.C.

CNAS is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

CNAS abides by all Federal and District of Columbia employment laws.

To Apply

CNAS is accepting online applications only. Apply online using this link:


A complete application will include a cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in and qualifications for the position, together with a résumé or CV. Writing samples may be requested.