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.
Recent Publications & News
China Is Flirting With AI Catastrophe
By Bill Drexel & Hannah Kelley
CNAS Responds: Oversight of A.I.: Rules for Artificial Intelligence
By Josh Wallin, Bill Drexel, Michael Depp & Caleb Withers
NOTEWORTHY: New Actions to Promote Responsible AI Innovation that Protects Americans’ Rights and Safety
By Bill Drexel, Tim Fist & Josh Wallin
Technology and National Security Expert: 'China Has Been at the Forefront of Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Oppression'
By Bill Drexel
Hijacked AI Assistants Can Now Hack Your Data
By Bill Drexel & Caleb Withers
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