Associate Fellow, Technology and National Security Program
Bill Drexel is an Associate Fellow for the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. His work focuses on the risks of artificial intelligence applications in national defense and tech competition more broadly. Previously, Drexel worked as an internal displacement data officer at UN Migration (IOM), where he focused on humanitarian innovation. Prior to the UN, Drexel was a research associate at the American Enterprise Institute, where he worked on technology competition and Indo-Pacific strategy.
Always seeking on-the-ground exposure, Drexel’s career has ranged from serving as a rescue boat driver during Libya’s migration crisis, to conducting investigative research in the surveillance state of Xinjiang, China, to supporting humanitarian data efforts across wartime Ukraine. Drexel has been the recipient of numerous academic awards, including the Fox Fellowship to Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), the Schwarzman Scholarship to Tsinghua University (Beijing), and the Research Award in Grand Strategy (Yale).
Drexel’s analysis and commentary has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, CNBC, Newsweek, Lawfare, and Law & Liberty. Originally from Texas, Drexel holds a B.A. from Yale University and master’s degrees from Tsinghua and Cambridge universities.
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How China is beating the U.S. at AI
By Hannah Kelley & Bill Drexel
Behind China’s Plans to Build AI for the World
By Bill Drexel & Hannah Kelley
New semiconductor factories are rising in US, but billions in Chips Act money has yet to flow
By Bill Drexel
Why China’s Involvement in the U.K. AI Safety Summit Was So Significant
By Bill Drexel
NOTEWORTHY: Executive Order on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence
By Paul Scharre, Vivek Chilukuri, Tim Fist, Bill Drexel, Josh Wallin, Hannah Kelley, Sam Howell, Michael Depp & Caleb Withers
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