Technology, Innovation, and Great Power Competition – Wrap Up
This article first appeared in West Point’s Modern War Institute.
We just had our final session of our Technology, Innovation, and Great Power Competition class. Joe Felter, Raj Shah and I designed the class to give our students insights on how commercial technology (AI, machine learning, autonomy, cyber, quantum, semiconductors, access to space, biotech, hypersonics, and others) will shape how we employ all the elements of national power (our influence and footprint on the world stage).
- Weekly Readings – 5-10 articles/week
- 20+ guest speakers on technology and its impact on national power – prior secretaries of defense and state, current and prior National Security council members, four-star generals who lead service branches
- Lectures/Class discussion
- Midterm individual project – a 2,000-word policy memo that describes how a U.S. competitor is using a specific technology to counter U.S. interests and a proposal how the U.S. should respond
The fifth part of the class was unique.
- A quarter-long, team-based final project. Students developed hypotheses of how commercial technologies can be used in new and creative ways to help the U.S. wield its instruments of national power. And then they got of the classroom and interviewed 20+ beneficiaries, policy makers, and other key stakeholders testing (Read more...)