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Jake Bebber Named as Second Andrew W. Marshall Scholar

WASHINGTON — Hudson Institute’s Center for Defense Concepts and Technology is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Robert “Jake” Bebber as the second scholar of the Andrew W. Marshall Scholar Program, in partnership with the Andrew W. Marshall Foundation (AWMF) to support innovative thinkers in the field of U.S. national security.

Bebber’s study will offer a methodological approach to holistically understand and evaluate the complex social systems necessary for the United States to achieve strategic effects. Building on the U.S. Cyber Command’s effective operational concepts of persistent engagement and defending forward, the study will apply trends in neuroscience, dual use technology, and financial business models to focus on confrontation and tools below armed conflict. The study’s results will propose lines of effort that create battlespace awareness; identify U.S. and adversary vulnerabilities; conduct cognitive and counter-cognitive campaigns; and build and employ forces and capabilities to compete and win in this enduring confrontation.

“Jake’s research will apply his experience and knowledge of cyber operations to explore new ways of thinking about great power confrontations,” said Bryan Clark, director of Hudson’s Center for Defense Concepts and Technology. “U.S. Cyber Command is one element of the U.S. government that is effectively countering Chinese and Russian hybrid or gray-zone aggression, which offers some insights for U.S. strategy more broadly.”

“The Andrew W. Marshall Foundation is delighted to welcome Jake into its community of new voices,” said Jaymie Durnan, co-founder, and chairman of AWMF. “Jake’s interdisciplinary study will use an innovative social science approach to explore important questions about U.S. strategy to compete below the threshold of armed conflict.”

Established in July 2020, Hudson Institute’s Center for Defense Concepts and Technology examines the evolving field of military competition and the implications of emerging technologies for defense strategy, military operations, capability development, and acquisition.
The Andrew W. Marshall Foundation finds and fosters new voices who apply analytical approaches across disciplines to explore the strategic questions facing the United States.

In 2021, Hudson Institute selected Arthur Tellis as the inaugural Andrew W. Marshall Scholar. Tellis’s study focuses on the role of economics in the U.S.-China competition, and will be published in the spring of 2022.

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