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Hudson Launches New Center for Defense Concepts and Technology

Hudson Launches New Center for Defense Concepts and Technology

Hudson Institute

“As a raft of new innovations promise to transform how militaries operate and fight, we launched the center to ensure American and allied militaries can compete with increasingly capable great and regional powers.”

WASHINGTON – Hudson Institute today launched a new Center for Defense Concepts and Technology. The center will explore evolving fields of military competition and the implications of emerging technologies for defense strategy, military operations, capability development, and acquisition. The center will take a comprehensive view: connecting strategy with new operational concepts; assessing the weapons and systems needed to implement new concepts; and evaluating the necessary commitment of resources. The center will be chaired by Senior Fellow Bryan Clark and supported by Fellow Timothy A. Walton and Adjunct Fellow Dr. Daniel Patt.

“As a raft of new innovations promise to transform how militaries operate and fight, we launched the center to ensure American and allied militaries can compete with increasingly capable great and regional powers,” John Walters, chief operating officer, said. “Under Bryan’s knowledgeable leadership, we will continue to lead the national security community’s understanding of the emerging opportunities and challenges facing our military forces.”

The center will focus its research initially on the growing centrality of information and decision-making in military operations. U.S. and allied militaries face great power and regional adversaries with improving capabilities and geographic advantages. Deterring and defeating aggression by these competitors will require military concepts emphasizing maneuver warfare and decision superiority rather than the attrition-focused approaches that exemplified the post-Cold War era. Tools and processes for harnessing and exploiting information will likely form the foundation of 21st century military superiority in the same way that chemistry, physics, and material sciences built the capabilities needed during 20th century conflicts.

The center’s board of advisors includes:

  • Christian Brose, chief strategy officer of Anduril Industries
  • Dr. William Conley, chief technology officer of Mercury Systems
  • Jaymie Durnan, deputy assistant to the Director for Strategic Initiatives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory
  • Dr. John Evans, chief executive officer of Carillon Technologies
  • Maj. Gen. Michael Fantini (USAF, Ret.) former acting deputy chief of staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements (A5), and director of the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability (AFWIC)
  • Adm. Jonathan Greenert (USN, Ret.), former chief of naval operations
  • Lt. Gen. Tony Ierardi (USA, Ret.) lead for strategic partner engagement at Rebellion Defense and former director of Force Structure, Resources, and Assessment, U.S. Joint Staff

For more information on this new center, visit https://www.hudson.org/policycenters/43-center-for-defense-concepts-and-technology or email [email protected]

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