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Wed, Feb 26, 2020

The fox in the henhouse: How bureaucratic processes handicap US military supremacy and what to do about it

Washington’s once unrivaled military strength is now increasingly challenged by that of its adversaries. To stay ahead, the United States must restructure its relationship with commercial companies by reducing regulation that hinders innovation, speed, and the ability for private industry to access government contracts.

New Atlanticist by Stephen Rodriguez

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Tue, Feb 25, 2020

Rodriguez quoted in Defense One on China-US competition over technological innovation

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Technologies Politics & Diplomacy
3D Printing

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

In an era of great-power competition, procurement reform not more regulation for the defense industrial base

What strategic gains can DoD realize from being a better customer? Given the reluctance of the US commercial sector to engage in defense work and the speedy innovation of our rivals, reform is needed.

New Atlanticist by Tate Nurkin

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Stephen Rodriguez is a Senior Advisor in the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Mr. Rodriguez is the founder of One Defense, an agile network of market leading, non-traditional technology companies, venture capital firms and research universities dedicated to scouting advanced software and hardware applications and enabling their transition into the national security enterprise. He has also served as a Venture Partner supporting the above-market venture portfolio performance of SineWave Ventures, Scout Ventures and Abundance Partners.

Mr. Rodriguez began his career at Booz Allen Hamilton shortly before 9/11 supporting their National Security practice. In his capacity as an expert on game theoretic applications, he supported the United States Intelligence Community and DOD as the lead architect for the Thor’s Hammer, Schriever II/III and Cyber Storm wargames. He subsequently was a Vice President at a artificial intelligence company (Sentia Group) and served as Chief Marketing Officer for an international defense corporation (NCL Holdings).

Mr. Rodriguez serves on the Board of CENSA, DMGS, HighSide, ODL Services, Omelas, Public Spend Forum, Training Leaders International, Uniken, Vantage Robotics, and WarOnTheRocks. He is also Senior Advisor at the Atlantic Council and the Asymmetric Warfare Chair at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Mr. Rodriguez received his B.B.A degree from Texas A&M University and an M.A. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is published in Foreign Policy, WarOnTheRocks, National Review, and RealClearDefense. Notably, his graduate thesis on conflict resolution in the Caucasus resulted in an invitation to join incoming Secretary of Defense Robert Gates transition team in late 2006.

Mr. Rodriguez resides in Washington D.C. with his wife, Laura, a venture capitalist with Bulldog Innovation Group and their children, Fletcher and Violet.