Justin Lynch is a nonresident fellow in the Forward Defense practice of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the senior director for defense at the Special Competitive Studies Project. His work focuses on the impact of technology on competition and conflict, and how militaries can adapt their strategies and operational concepts.

He was recently a policy advisor for artificial intelligence at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. His work focused on developing a national artificial intelligence workforce. Previously, Lynch served as a director of research and analysis at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and as staff on the US House Armed Services Committee. He also served in the US Army for fifteen years, nine of which were on active duty and six of which were in the North Carolina National Guard.

Lynch holds an MA in government from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in history from the US Military Academy.