Steve Clean Know-how, Innovation and Nice Energy Competitors

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For 25 years as the only real Superpower, the U.S. uncared for strategic threats from China and a rearmed Russia. The nation, our elected officers, and our army dedicated to a decades-long battle to make sure that terrorists like those who executed the 9/11 assaults will not be in a position to assault us on that scale once more.  In the meantime, our nation’s legacy weapons programs have too many entrenched and interlocking pursuits (Congress, lobbyists, DOD/contractor revolving door, service promotion of executors versus innovators) that inhibit radical change. Our financial and international coverage officers didn’t discover the four-alarm fireplace as we first gutted our manufacturing infrastructure and despatched it to China (earnings are higher whenever you outsource); then passively stood by as our mental property was being siphoned off; and had no reply to China’s net of commerce offers (China’s Belt and Highway). The 2018 Nationwide Protection Technique grew to become a wakeup name for our nation.

Nationwide energy is ephemeral. Nations decline once they lose allies, decline in financial energy (the UK within the twentieth Century); they lose curiosity in world affairs (China within the fifteenth Century); inside/civil conflicts (Russia within the twentieth Century); a nations army can miss disruptive know-how transitions and new operational ideas. One could make the case that every one of those have/or are occurring to america.


Joe Felter, Raj Shah and I are about to start out our second 12 months of instructing what was our Know-how, Innovation and Trendy Battle class. (See all the category periods right here.) The objective of final 12 months’s class was to clarify how new rising applied sciences have radically modified how international locations battle and deter threats throughout air, land, sea, house, and cyber. And to level out that successful future conflicts requires extra than simply adopting new know-how; it requires a revolution in excited about how this know-how might be acquired and built-in into new weapons programs to drive new operational and organizational ideas that change the best way we battle.

This 12 months we’ve expanded the scope of the category to look past simply the impact of latest know-how on weapons and operational ideas. We’re now overlaying how know-how will form all the weather of nationwide energy (our affect and footprint on the world stage). Nationwide energy is the mix of a rustic’s diplomacy (mushy energy and alliances), data/ intelligence and its army and financial energy. The devices of nationwide energy delivered to bear on this  “complete of presidency method” have been lengthy  identified by the acronym, DIME (Diplomatic, Data, Army and Financial) and in recent times have expanded to incorporate “FIL”- finance, intelligence and regulation enforcement-or DIME-FIL. Given the broadened scope of the category, we’ve tweaked the course title to Know-how, Innovation and Nice Energy Competitors.

Our objectives on this 12 months’s class are to:

  1. Assist our college students perceive how every part of our nationwide safety and devices of nationwide energy are actually inexorably intertwined with business know-how. We’ll discover the complexity and urgency of the influence of the 21st century onslaught of economic applied sciences (AI, machine studying, autonomy, biotech, cyber, business entry to house, et al.) in all elements of the federal government — State, local weather change, Division of Protection, financial coverage, et al.
  2. Give them hands-on expertise to suggest and prototype options to those issues.

Very similar to final 12 months’s class, this one has three elements – instructing workforce lectures, visitor audio system, and most significantly workforce initiatives. We’ll be utilizing the idea of economic applied sciences’ influence on DIME because the connective aspect between every week’s class.

Along with the instructing workforce lectures and assigned readings, final 12 months we had 20+ visitor audio system together with two Secretaries of Protection, a Secretary of State, members of Congress, Generals, Admirals and coverage makers. We hope to complement the coed expertise with comparable experience and expertise this 12 months.

Final 12 months, workforce initiatives began with a mid-term paper and completed with what was supposed be a closing paper mission. Nevertheless, one workforce took their mission, acquired out of the constructing, and interviewed and offered a radically new operational idea for the South China Sea. It’s an concept that has caught fireplace. So this 12 months we’re going to construct on that success. Groups will type on week 1, decide an space of curiosity throughout DIME and spend the quarter interviewing key stakeholders, beneficiaries, coverage makers, and so on. whereas testing proposed options.

If the previous is a prologue, our college students, a mixture between worldwide coverage and engineering, would be the ones on this battle. They’ll go off to senior roles in State, Protection, coverage and to the businesses constructing new disruptive applied sciences.

That is the primary in a collection of courses from the brand new Stanford Gordian Knot Middle for Nationwide Safety. (Extra on this in later submit.) Meet up with the category by studying summaries of Courses 1234, 5 6, 7 and 8.)

Classes Realized

  • Know-how, Innovation and Nice Energy Competitors will give attention to how our nationwide safety and nationwide energy is intertwined with business know-how. We’ll discover:
    • AI, machine studying, autonomy, biotech, cyber, business entry to house, et al.
    • In all elements of the federal government; State, local weather change, Division of Protection, financial coverage, et al.
  • Give our college students hands-on expertise to suggest and prototype options to those issues



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