2016 ~ Present| Section - VV9

21st Century Security Challenges

GOALS: How are science and technology changing conflict, power, development, institutions and the overall concept of security in the 21st Century? What is the role of technology in shaping national security? How are international, regional, national, and local institutions, alliances, and trans-national networks changing and affecting global security (and driving or impeding governance changes)? This VIP team will explore the structures, strategies, leadership, and contravening forces affecting security policy. We will consider the role of geopolitical, cultural, and economic, knowledge, along with the promises & perils of technology and socio-technical inquiry. This team aims to explore, understand, and explain the role of science and technology in affecting global security at strategic and operational levels and the impact on cooperation, conflict, and development of implementable domestic and international governance approaches and policy options.

METHODS & TECHNOLOGIES: Emerging technology; security; strategy; governance; strategic foresight.

RESEARCH/DESIGN ISSUES: This team will explore the grand strategic challenges of the 21st Century for national and international security. The U.S. and the international community have struggled to deal with the challenge of proliferation of existing and new technologically enabled weapons. Anticipating the capabilities that may emerge as science and technology advance, the potential consequences of those capabilities, and the probability that new and more diverse antagonists will obtain or pursue them is necessary. The potential synergies among information technology (cyber), biotechnology, nanotechnology, human-machine interaction, additive manufacturing, and the cognitive neurosciences suggest both tremendous potential for and new concerns regarding advancement in technology for military applications. We will use interdisciplinary methods – comparative case studies, integrated semi-quantitative network analysis, technical security studies analysis, scenarios, and war-gaming techniques – to understand and road-map how emerging technologies reconcile with or challenge traditional models for national security, including deterrence, offense-defense balance, strategic security, regime theory, and nonproliferation.

MEETING TIME: Wed, 1:55-2:45

ADVISORS: Margaret E. Kosal (Sam Nunn School of International Affairs), ADM (ret) Sandy Winnefeld (Sam Nunn School of International Affairs), General (ret) Phillip Breedlove (Sam Nunn School of International Affairs)


International Affairs (INTA), Public Policy, History & Sociology (HTS), LMC, ECON, MGMT, City Planning – Interest in national & international security, strategic studies, technology and society

BIO, BME, Chem, CBME, MSE, PHYS, Psychology – Interest in cognitive neurosciences, neurochemistry, biotechnology, synthetic genomics, bio-printing, nanotechnology, new materials

CS, IC, CSE, ECE, ISyE, ME, AE, Math – Interest in cybersecurity, big data analytics, robotics, AI, advanced sensing, additive-manufacturing.

CONTACT: Prof. Margaret E. Kosal, margaret.kosal@inta.gatech.edu