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Bryan Clark

Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology

Bryan Clark is a senior fellow and director of the Center for Defense Concepts and Technology at Hudson Institute. He is an expert in naval operations, electronic warfare, autonomous systems, military competitions, and wargaming.

From 2013 to 2019, Mr. Clark was a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) where he led studies for the DoD Office of Net Assessment, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Defense Advanced Research Products Agency on new technologies and the future of warfare.

Prior to joining CSBA in 2013, Mr. Clark was special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations and director of his Commander’s Action Group, where he led development of Navy strategy and implemented new initiatives in electromagnetic spectrum operations, undersea warfare, expeditionary operations, and personnel and readiness management.

Mr. Clark served in the Navy headquarters staff from 2004 to 2011, leading studies in the Assessment Division and participating in the 2006 and 2010 Quadrennial Defense Reviews. His areas of emphasis were modeling and simulation, strategic planning, and institutional reform and governance. Prior to retiring from the Navy in 2008, Mr. Clark was an enlisted and officer submariner, serving in afloat and ashore submarine operational and training assignments including tours as chief engineer and operations officer at the Navy’s nuclear power training unit.

Mr. Clark is the recipient of the Department of the Navy Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. He received his M.S. in national security studies from the National War College and B.S. in chemistry and philosophy from the University of Idaho.

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The Invisible Battlefield: A Technology Strategy for US Electromagnetic Spectrum Superiority

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“Bryan Clark was quoted in RealClear Investigations about tech companies and the Pentagon.

Bryan Clark was quoted in Defense News about future plans for Navy fleet expansion.

A Hudson Institute event featuring U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and Bryan Clark was mentioned in Breaking Defense

Bryan Clark was quoted in Defense One about Defense Secretary Esper’s military strategy reforms.

Bryan Clark was quoted in the Navy Times about the future of U.S. Navy force structure.

Bryan Clark was quoted in Navy Times about U.S. aircraft carrier deployment.

Bryan Clark was mentioned in The Economist about U.S. Naval strategy.

Bryan Clark was quoted in Defense News about the difficulty of obtaining good Arctic intel.

Bryan Clark was quoted in Defense News about the U.S. Navy’s decision to deploy carriers to the Middle East.

Bryan Clark was quoted in USSA News about Directed Energy Weapons.

Bryan Clark was quoted in Jane’s about the advantages of a Naval strategy shift towards unmanned systems.

Bryan Clark was quoted in Breaking Defense about Esper’s call for increases Navy shipbuilding.

Bryan Clark was quoted in Business Insider about China’s shipbuilding capacity.

Bryan Clark was quoted in Janes about the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s pivot towards fighting the US in the East and South China seas.