Dan Patt

Senior Fellow, Center for Defense Concepts and Technology

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Dan Patt is a senior fellow with Hudson Institute’s Center for Defense Concepts and Technology. His work at Hudson focuses on the role of information and innovation in national security.

Biography

Dan Patt is a senior fellow with Hudson Institute’s Center for Defense Concepts and Technology. His experience is at the intersection of technology, business, and national security strategy. His work at Hudson focuses on the role of information and innovation in national security.

Dr. Patt supports strategy at the artificial intelligence company STR and supports Thomas H. Lee Partners’ automation and technology investment practice. He has more than 15 years of experience operationalizing emerging technology, including artificial intelligence, networked information systems, robotics, supply chain automation, and enterprise information technology. He holds advisory board roles at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Andrew W. Marshall Foundation.

Previously, Dr. Patt co-founded and was CEO of Vecna Robotics, a commercial venture-backed warehouse robotics and workflow orchestration company. Dr. Patt also served as deputy director for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office (STO), managing more than $400 million in annual technology investments in robust distributed systems architectures in a technology portfolio including battle management, command and control; communications and networking; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; and electronic warfare. At DARPA he launched the Mosaic Warfare initiative. In 2017, Dr. Patt supported the deputy secretary of defense in leading an effort to define a new modernization initiative for the Department of Defense as part of the 2018 National Defense Strategy effort.

Dr. Patt previously held technical and leadership positions in the automotive and aerospace industries, focusing on emerging technology, including automation and human-machine integration. He was a MassTechnology Council CEO of the year honoree for emerging technology companies, is a Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Honoree, and is the recipient of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Achievement Award in recognition of his work developing and fielding advanced situational awareness software and networking tools in support of combat operations.

Dr. Patt received his BA, MS, and PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.

Events
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February 2024
Past Event
Raising AUKUS Pillar Two: Integrating Autonomous Systems into the ADF
Featured Speakers:
Professor Emily Hilder
Brigadier James Davis
Captain Adam Allicia
Air Commodore Ross Bender
Dan Patt
Bryan Clark
A MARTAC MANTAS T12 uncrewed surface vessel during a speed and handling demonstration during Exercise Autonomous Warrior 2022 in the waters of Jervis Bay Territory. (Australian Government Department of Defence)
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February 2024
Past Event
Raising AUKUS Pillar Two: Integrating Autonomous Systems into the ADF
A MARTAC MANTAS T12 uncrewed surface vessel during a speed and handling demonstration during Exercise Autonomous Warrior 2022 in the waters of Jervis Bay Territory. (Australian Government Department of Defence)
Featured Speakers:
Professor Emily Hilder
Brigadier James Davis
Captain Adam Allicia
Air Commodore Ross Bender
Dan Patt
Bryan Clark
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January 2024
Past Event
Defense Disruptors: A Conversation with General Christopher Mahoney
Featured Speakers:
General Christopher Mahoney
Bryan Clark
Dan Patt
(Defense Disruptors logo)
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January 2024
Past Event
Defense Disruptors: A Conversation with General Christopher Mahoney
(Defense Disruptors logo)
Featured Speakers:
General Christopher Mahoney
Bryan Clark
Dan Patt
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September 2023
Past Event
Gaining Ground in the Pacific: The US Army’s Role in Campaigning to Deter China
Featured Speakers:
Bryan Clark
Dan Patt
Charles A. Flynn
Joint Pacific Forces conduct Air Assault training during the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center (JPMRC) rotation at Townsville Field Training Area (TFTA), Townsville, Australia, August 1, 2023.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Mariah Aguilar)
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September 2023
Past Event
Gaining Ground in the Pacific: The US Army’s Role in Campaigning to Deter China

Join Senior Fellows Bryan Clark and Dan Patt for a discussion with General Charles A. Flynn, commanding general of the US Army, Pacific, about how long-term campaigning can help the US compete with and deter China.

Joint Pacific Forces conduct Air Assault training during the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center (JPMRC) rotation at Townsville Field Training Area (TFTA), Townsville, Australia, August 1, 2023.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Mariah Aguilar)
Featured Speakers:
Bryan Clark
Dan Patt
Charles A. Flynn
07
August 2023
Past Event
A Requiem for Dominance: New US Strategies to Deter Aggression
Featured Speakers:
Bryan Clark
Dan Patt
Ezra Cohen
Rear Admiral Mike Studeman (USN)
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August 2023
Past Event
A Requiem for Dominance: New US Strategies to Deter Aggression
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Featured Speakers:
Bryan Clark
Dan Patt
Ezra Cohen
Rear Admiral Mike Studeman (USN)
A 38-foot Steber uncrewed surface vehicle that can be used for mine-sweeping operations during a testing and evaluation event by the Royal Australian Maritime Warfare Centre and Thales in conjunction with Maritime Deployable Robotic and Autonomous Systems Experimentation Unit in Sydney on March 1, 2023. (Royal Australian Navy)
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A 38-foot Steber uncrewed surface vehicle that can be used for mine-sweeping operations during a testing and evaluation event by the Royal Australian Maritime Warfare Centre and Thales in conjunction with Maritime Deployable Robotic and Autonomous Systems Experimentation Unit in Sydney on March 1, 2023. (Royal Australian Navy)
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A Saildrone Explorer unmanned surface vessel and the guided-missile destroyer USS Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) operate in the Arabian Gulf on January 8, 2023. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy R. Boan)
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Amid intensifying threats military from China, Taiwanese soldiers carrying artillery to tanks during the two-day live-fire drill in Pingtung, Taiwan, on September 7, 2022. (Photo by Ceng Shou Yi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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