The Quantum Gap with China

China has dramatically increased its investment in developing quantum technologies. To better understand what this means for policy makers and military strategists you can find a short piece I wrote featured in Best Defense in Foreign Policy. The article discusses how investments in quantum technologies will revolutionize code breaking, secure communication, and advanced radars.

Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence – What to Read Now

At, or near the top of Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technology, 2017 sits machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). To understand precisely what these concepts are and what they will disrupt – we need to do some homework. The following list of key readings will help policy makers and military strategists alike set a … More Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence – What to Read Now

Creating Military Innovation Institutes

Recent announcements by Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, regarding the development of Defense Innovation Units Experimental – in Silicon Valley, Boston, and now Austin, have inspired many in the Department of Defense, including myself, to consider how we too can deliver innovation. Given the need to modernize American military forces after nearly two decades of … More Creating Military Innovation Institutes

Business Continuity – Disaster Recovery – and Continuity of Operations Planning

If you do not think that business continuity – disaster recovery – and continuity of operations planning matters – just refer to the latest news that Delta Airlines will likely lose $120 million due to a recent power outage at one of their core centers for enterprise services. For the military, similar failures can result … More Business Continuity – Disaster Recovery – and Continuity of Operations Planning

Beyond Staff Rides – How to Broaden Your Team With Site Visits

Many staff officers and budding leaders have been exposed to battlefield visits. Organizers of these staff rides hope that lessons learned from combat years ago may offer fresh insight and understanding. As beneficial as these opportunities may be – another form of staff ride, an old fashioned field-trip, may be even more advantageous for professional development. Site … More Beyond Staff Rides – How to Broaden Your Team With Site Visits

Augmented Reality and Operational Situational Awareness

Within the next year we may have access to commercial augmented reality devices.  As Microsoft introduces HoloLens and other commercial vendors, such as Apple, consider launching their own augmented reality (AR) devices, the military is beginning to evaluate viable tactical AR devices. Tactical AR devices are proving to be valuable systems. The Marine Corps just announced … More Augmented Reality and Operational Situational Awareness