Technology is changing our lives. Rapid developments in artificial intelligence, autonomy and unmanned systems, digital infrastructure, networking and social media, and disinformation are profoundly altering the national security landscape. Nation-states have new tools at their disposal for political influence as well as new vulnerabilities to attacks. Authoritarian governments are empowered by high-tech tools of oppression and exploit radical transparency. Artificial intelligence and automation raise profound questions about the role of humans in conflict and war.
CNAS’ Technology and National Security program explores the policy challenges associated with these and other emerging technologies. A key focus of the program is bringing together the technology and policy communities to better understand these challenges and together develop solutions.
ReportsFrom Plan to Action
Ideas abound for actions the United States should take to better position itself for the unfolding global technology competition. Concerning topics as diverse as raw materials...
By John Costello, Martijn Rasser & Megan Lamberth
ReportsDemocracy by Design
For digital freedom to prevail over authoritarian uses of technology, democracies must offer something better....
By Kara Frederick
ReportsAI and International Stability: Risks and Confidence-Building Measures
Exploring the potential use of confidence-building measures built around the shared interests that all countries have in preventing inadvertent war....
By Michael Horowitz & Paul Scharre