Steve Clean The Gordian Knot Middle for Nationwide Safety Innovation at Stanford

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penitus cogitare, cito agere – assume deeply, act shortly

75 years in the past, the Workplace of Naval Analysis (ONR) helped kickstart innovation in Silicon Valley with a sequence of grants to Fred Terman, Dean of Stanford’s Engineering college. Terman used the cash to arrange the Stanford Electronics Analysis Lab. He staffed it along with his lab managers who constructed the primary digital warfare and digital intelligence techniques in WWII. This lab pushed the envelope of primary and utilized analysis in microwave units and electronics and inside a number of quick years made Stanford a pacesetter in these fields. The lab turned floor zero for the wave of Stanford’s entrepreneurship and innovation within the 1950’s and 60’s and helped type what would later be known as Silicon Valley.

75 years later, ONR simply laid down a wager once more, one we imagine will likely be equally transformative. They’re the primary sponsors of the brand new Gordian Knot Middle for Nationwide Safety Innovation at Stanford that Joe Felter, Raj Shah, and I’ve began.


Gordian What?

A Gordian Knot is a metaphor for an intractable drawback. Immediately, the US is going through a number of seemingly intractable nationwide safety issues concurrently.

We intend to assist clear up them in Stanford’s Gordian Knot Middle for Nationwide Safety Innovation. Our motto of penitus cogitare, cito agere, assume deeply, act shortly, embraces our distinctive intersection of deep drawback understanding, mixed with fast options. The Middle combines six distinctive strengths of Stanford and its location in Silicon Valley.

  1. The insights and experience of Stanford worldwide and nationwide safety coverage leaders
  2. The expertise insights and experience of Stanford Engineering
  3. Distinctive college students prepared to assist the nation win the Nice Energy Competitors
  4. Silicon Valley’s deep expertise ecosystem
  5. Our expertise in fast drawback understanding, fast iteration and deployment of options with pace and urgency
  6. Entry to threat capital at scale

Our focus will match our motto. We’re going to coordinate assets at Stanford and peer universities, and throughout Silicon Valley’s innovation ecosystem to:

  • Scale nationwide safety innovation training
  • Prepare nationwide safety innovators
  • Supply perception, integration, and coverage outreach
  • Present a continuing output of minimal viable merchandise that may act as catalysts for options to the hardest issues

Why Now? Why Us?

Over the past decade we’ve created a sequence of courses in entrepreneurship, fast innovation, and nationwide safety: Lean LaunchPad; Nationwide Science Basis I-Corps; Hacking for Protection; Hacking for Diplomacy; Expertise, Innovation and Fashionable Struggle final 12 months; and this 12 months Expertise, Innovation and Nice Energy Competitors. These courses have been broadly adopted, throughout the U.S. and globally.

Concurrently, every of us was actively engaged in serving to completely different branches of the federal government perceive, react, and ship options in a quickly altering and difficult surroundings. It’s grow to be clear to us that for the primary time in three a long time, the U.S. is now engaged in a Nice Energy Competitors. And we’re behind. Our nationwide energy (our affect and footprint on the world stage) is being challenged and successfully negated by autocratic regimes like China and Russia.

GKC joins a choose group of nationwide safety assume tanks

At Stanford, the Gordian Knot Middle will sit within the Freeman Spogli Institute for Worldwide Research run by Mike McFaul, ex ambassador to Russia. And Mike has graciously agreed to be our Principal Investigator together with Riitta Katila within the Administration Science and Engineering Division (MS&E) within the Engineering College. MS&E is the place disruptive expertise meets nationwide safety, and has a protracted historical past of sensible contributions from Invoice Perry, Sig Hecker and Elisabeth Pate-Cornell and others. (Stanford’s different coverage institute is the Hoover Establishment, run by Condoleezza Rice, ex secretary of state). All are world-class leaders in understanding worldwide issues, insurance policies, and establishments. Different U.S. international affairs and nationwide safety assume tanks embrace:

We intend to focus the brand new Middle on fixing issues throughout the spectrum of actions that create and maintain nationwide energy. Nationwide energy is the mix of a rustic’s diplomacy (smooth energy and alliances), info, army and financial energy in addition to its finance, intelligence, and regulation enforcement – or DIME-FIL. Our initiatives will likely be these on the intersection of DIME-FIL with the onslaught of economic applied sciences (AI, machine studying, autonomy, biotech, cyber, semiconductors, business entry to house, et al.). And we’re going to hit the bottom working by transferring our two nationwide safety courses — Hacking for Protection, and Expertise Innovation and Nice Energy Competitors (which this 12 months is now a required course within the Worldwide Coverage program) — into the Middle.

We hope our distinctive constitution, “assume deeply, act shortly” can complement the extraordinary work these different establishments present.

The Workplace of Naval Analysis (ONR)

The Workplace of Naval Analysis (ONR) has been planning, fostering, and inspiring scientific analysis—and reimagining naval energy—since 1946. The grants it made to Stanford that 12 months have been the primary to any college.

Immediately, the Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps is seeking to discover methods to speed up expertise growth and supply to our naval forces. There may be broad consensus that the present tempo of expertise growth and adoption is unsatisfactory, and that with out vital reform, we’ll lose the competitors with China within the South China Sea for maritime superiority.

Rear Admiral Selby, Chief of Naval Analysis, has acknowledged that it’s not “enterprise as normal.” That ONR delivering sustaining improvements for the prevailing fleet and marine forces is not adequate to discourage struggle or preserve us within the struggle. And that ONR as soon as once more wants to steer with disruptive applied sciences, new operational ideas, new forms of program administration and mindsets. He’s on a mission to offer the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps with simply that. After we approached him concerning the thought of the Gordian Knot Middle he reminded us, that not solely did ONR sponsor Stanford in 1946, they’ve been sponsoring our Hacking for Protection class since 2016!  Now they’ve grow to be our constitution sponsor for the Gordian Knot Middle.

We hope to earn it – for him, ONR, and the nation.

Steve, Joe and Raj

Classes Discovered

The Middle combines six distinctive strengths of Stanford and its location in Silicon Valley

  • The insights and experience of Stanford worldwide and nationwide safety coverage leaders
  • The expertise insights and experience of Stanford Engineering
  • Distinctive college students prepared to assist the nation win the Nice Energy Competitors
  • Silicon Valley’s deep expertise ecosystem
  • Our expertise in fast drawback understanding, fast iteration and deployment of options with pace and urgency
  • Entry to threat capital at scale

Our focus will match our motto. We’re going to coordinate assets at Stanford and peer universities and throughout Silicon Valley’s innovation ecosystem to:

  • Scale nationwide safety innovation training
  • Prepare nationwide safety innovators
  • Supply perception, integration, and coverage outreach
  • Present a continuing output of minimal viable merchandise that may act as catalysts for options to the hardest issues



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