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Mission Brief | Gaining the Asymmetric Advantage: Emerging Technology and the AUKUS Pillar 2 Promise with Prof. Tanya Monro

Sep 20, 2023
10:00am to 11:00am ET



Australia's contributions to emerging technologies and advanced defense capabilities are critical to the balance of power in future strategic competition with China. Given the unlikeliness that any country can gain the asymmetric advantage alone, combined capability development and technology sharing represent an important path forward for the United States and its allies. However, AUKUS Pillar 2's potential for establishing and maintaining advantages in critical technology areas can only be fulfilled if the alliance can demonstrate progress and overcome barriers to cooperation. As strategic competition continues to intensify, what can we expect from AUKUS Pillar 2 cooperation and emerging technologies? How is Australia developing a technological edge the Indo-Pacific?

On Wednesday, September 20, the Center for a New American Security hosted Prof. Tanya Monro AC, Australia's Chief Defence Scientist, to discuss the latest developments and challenges in developing emerging technologies and delivering advanced defense capabilities under AUKUS Pillar 2.

This conversation is part of the CNAS Mission Brief speaker series, which features deep-diving discussions with the military and civilian leaders driving future U.S. and allied defense strategy.


Prof. Tanya Monro AC
Chief Defence Scientist, Australian Department of Defence

Hosted by:

Becca Wasser
Senior Fellow, Defense Program
Center for a New American Security

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