Center for Technology & National Security

MITRE launched the Center for Technology & National Security (CTNS) to provide national security leaders with the data-driven analysis and technologically informed insights needed to succeed in today’s hyper-competitive strategic environment. CTNS aims to help policymakers better navigate a dynamic, rapidly evolving technology landscape to advance U.S. interests and strengthen national security. As part of the not-for-profit, non-partisan MITRE corporation, CTNS is built on the experience and expertise of thousands of our nation’s most respected scientific and engineering minds.

Through our publications, educational programs and conferences, CTNS brings together experts and leading authorities from government, academia, industry, media, and policy institutes to drive informed discussion in this era of unprecedented technological change.

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Intelligence After Next: Radical Transparency in Intelligence Operations

January 2021

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Engine Sustainment Study

December 2020

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Russia’s Nonlethal Weapons Concept

December 2020

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Intelligence After Next: The Future of The IC Workplace

November 2020

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(Video) Former U.S. service secretaries Dr. Richard Danzig (Navy), Eric Fanning (Army), and Ms. Deborah James (Air Force) discuss with CTNS Executive Director, Mr. James Swartout, how the U.S. can most effectively move forward under the new National Defense Strategy.

Media and News

Space Policy Pod

Examine events and ideas affecting the space sector. The Space Policy Pod podcast, jointly produced by MITRE, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Space Foundation, is available on Spotify and Apple. Listen to the Podcast

Opinion: Bad Idea: All Sensors, All Shooters, All the Time

December 2020

How should a realistic, cost-effective JADC2 be shaped going forward? Mark Seip, CTNS Director of Strategic Development, explains how JADC2 is supposed to give U.S. forces a competitive advantage by connecting sensors to shooters. But centralizing data streams only makes a bigger target — one that U.S. adversaries are already planning to take down. JADC2 should instead be re-envisioned into a more flexible, bottom-up system. Read the Article

More Space Wargames, Please

November 2020

There’s no stopping the expansion of the great-power competition into space. A modest investment to boost the Department of Defense’s space wargaming would substantially improve survivability and overall effectiveness of military’s future space architecture, writes Shane Bilsborough, a lead analyst with MITRE’s Center for Technology & National Security. Read the Article

Report: Lack of Government Investment Hurting U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Industry

October 2020

U.S. investment in commercial geoint has been relatively flat over the last five years, while foreign investment has “increased tremendously within the last two years,” says the MITRE study written by a team of analysts. Space News covers MITRE's recent findings. Read the Article

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