In the News

Jan 10, 2021

Cole’s “Burn In” named to best sci-fi of 2020 list by Polyon

By Atlantic Council

Polygon, a video game publication, named Burn In, co-authored by Forward Defense non-resident senior fellow August Cole, to its top sci-fi and fantasy books of 2020. Burn In is a thriller at the intersection of robotics, artificial intelligence, and security.

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In the News

Dec 21, 2020

Nurkin in Defense News on loyal wingman technology

By Atlantic Council

Forward Defense non-resident senior fellow Tate Nurkin writes in Defense News on the importance of advancing loyal wingman technology.

China Defense Technologies

GeoTech Cues

Dec 18, 2020

The West, China, and AI surveillance

By Kaan Sahin (Guest Author)

AI surveillance tools in various forms are spreading globally, from facial recognition and early outbreak detection to predictive policing and gait recognition. Despite different legal restrictions, authoritarian and democratic states alike are increasingly employing these instruments to track, surveil, anticipate, and even grade the behavior of their own citizens.

Cybersecurity Defense Technologies


Nov 3, 2020

Embracing underseas robots: a US strategy to maintain underseas superiority in an age of unmanned systems

By Erich Frandrup

The future of warfare is progressing towards uncrewed systems and automation. This report takes a look at this trend in the undersea domain, proposing a strategy for the United States to leverage the emerging capacity of unmanned undersea vehicles.

China Defense Industry

In the News

Oct 19, 2020

Fontenrose quoted in CNBC on Iran’s weapons capability

Arms Control Defense Industry
trouble ahead photo of a lightning storm at night over a city

GeoTech Cues

Aug 19, 2020

Potential trouble ahead: predictions from 2010 now are real in 2020

By David Bray

In 2010, the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center's Director Dr. David Bray provided an unclassified briefing to the U.S. national security and defense communities on "Why Future Policy Leaders Will Need to Know Science, Technology, Global Business, and National Security". Now, 10 years later, it is worth revisiting those slides - especially in light that those slides raised concerns about the use of small commercial drones and do-it-yourself drones back then and recently we have seen elevated concerns about what these could do to commercial airplanes in flight.

Cybersecurity Drones

New Atlanticist

Aug 19, 2020

The ‘Digital Ocean’ as a model for innovation in the perfect storm

By Keit Pentus-Rosimannus and Michael D. Brasseur

By capitalizing on opportunities such as the ‘Digital Ocean’ NATO can help provide solutions to the megatrends that will define this century, while fulfilling its core mission of providing security to its nearly one billion citizens.

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Issue Brief

Jul 7, 2020

Emerging technologies: new challenges to global stability

By Robert A. Manning

The world may be fast approaching the perfect storm, with the intersection of two major global trends. At a moment of historic transition, when the post-WWII and post-Cold War international order is eroding amid competing visions of world order and renewed geopolitical rivalries, the world is also in the early stages of an unprecedented technological transformation

China Cybersecurity
A net launched from a net-capture system just before catching its target, Quantico, Virginia (December 2018). Source: Red Six Solutions

Issue Brief

May 4, 2020

Drone attacks against critical infrastructure: A real and present threat

By Dr. Scott Crino and Conrad "Andy" Dreby

Read the Middle East Program's new paper on the use of weaponized drones in the Middle East, with recommendations for policymakers.

Drones Middle East


Mar 24, 2020

Storming the sauna: a ceasefire violation in the Donbas

By Digital Forensic Research Lab

Photos and video of an attack along the line of contact in the Donbas region of Ukraine provided a rare look at ceasefire violations.

Conflict Drones