September 17, 2020

CNAS Launches Major Effort on U.S. National Technology Strategy

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) today announced the launch of its U.S. National Technology Strategy project, a U.S. government–supported initiative to bolster American innovation and technological leadership.

Today, the United States risks ceding its position as global technology leader. The U.S. government must establish a coherent, comprehensive national strategy to accelerate American innovation and protect America’s competitive advantages. The U.S. National Technology Strategy project will develop concrete, actionable policy recommendations in high-impact areas including:

  • Accelerating innovation through R&D funding
  • Restoring and maintaining a robust talent pipeline
  • Leading in technical standards and norm-setting
  • Diversifying and securing supply chains
  • Reforming export control policies

Across these areas, the project will examine the institutional and bureaucratic processes through which the government should develop and execute an effective national approach to reinvigorating American technological competitiveness.

Paul Scharre, project lead and Director of the CNAS Technology and National Security Program, said, “The United States needs an actionable national technology strategy to ensure its long-term competitiveness. Developing this framework will require input and expertise from an array of actors across government, private industry, and the research community.”

Richard Fontaine, CNAS CEO, remarked, “Technological leadership is a key component of American competitiveness in this renewed era of great-power competition. This major CNAS initiative will develop a blueprint for a national technology strategy and a framework for executing it.”

The U.S. National Technology Strategy project is partially supported by a grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Commercial and Economic Analysis.

For more information or to schedule an interview with the project leads, please contact Cole Stevens at or call 202-695-8166.