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.

Our Latest Research Papers

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Intelligence After Next: Breaking Past AI’s Confirmation Bias

March 2021

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Intelligence After Next: Making Current Intelligence Current

March 2021


Five by Five: Five Disciplines and Five Strategic Initiatives for the Pentagon in the Digital Age

March 2021

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Intelligence After Next: Ensuring Decision Advantage on the Future Battlefield—Intelligence at the Speed of Hypersonic Warfare

March 2021

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Upcoming Events

Panel Discussion on the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) Final Report
March 30, 2021

Join us for a discussion of the final report of the National Security Commission for Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) with some of those who helped shape its recommendations. Following remarks from NSCAI Executive Director Ylli Bajraktari, we’ll host a panel discussion with some of MITRE’s top artificial intelligence subject matter experts. Register Now

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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

Can anyone keep hackers out? Nope, and that's not a problem

March 2021

MITRE research and its ATT&CK framework are cited in this article that discusses countering cyberattacks not only with walls designed to keep out bad software, but also with systems designed to quickly detect successful hacks so infiltrators can be expelled as fast as possible. Read the Article

What Can the Pentagon Realistically Get from Its Advisory Boards?

February 2021

Eli Niewood, MITRE vice president of Intelligence and Cross-Cutting Capabilities and a former chair of the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, says advisory boards provide a lot, could do better — and help weed out impractical or oversold ideas. Read the Article

U.S. Economic And National Security Require Robust Domestic GEOINT Industrial Base

January 2021

Real Clear Defense cites MITRE’s recent study that warns that the U.S. is in danger of allowing a serious gap to emerge in commercial GEOINT capabilities. Likewise, the study calls on the federal government to make a serious effort to create and maintain a world-class commercial GEOINT industrial base. Read the Article

How Space Became the Next ‘Great Power’ Contest Between the U.S. and China

January 2021

Greg Grant, CTNS director, offers insights about the threat that China poses to the American military in space. “There’s been a dawning realization that our space systems are quite vulnerable. The Biden administration will see more funding — not less — going into space defense and dealing with these threats.” Read the Article

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