Natalie Barrett is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center and a leader at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) primarily focused on human-machine teams, artificial intelligence, and advanced communications. She also serves on the laboratory’s climate change strategy team. Prior to joining JHU/APL, she served across government and commercial industries focused on defense, innovation, robotics, and biotechnology. Key projects include wearables, exoskeletons, isothermal assays (realized in rapid COVID-19 diagnostic tests), microarray reader systems for the Human Genome Project, and cancer research. 

 Barrett’s portfolio includes expertise in national security and in the development of novel solutions to operational challenges. Her technology areas of focus include climate change, innovation, big data, human-machine teaming, artificial intelligence, and communications.