The lecture describes how the American intelligence and defense establishments have responded to these changes. It argues that though the innovative and adaptive capabilities of militarized bureaucracies are commonly derided, in fact the American institutions have adapted to change better than most private sector companies – even admired private sector companies – and competing militaries. It argues, however, that powerful factors tend to make these changes only incremental and additive. This risks being inadequate. Offering examples from strategy, personnel, acquisition, and development, the lecture advocates more fundamental change, describes what it would involve and why technological, and therefore security, superiority will depend on these more radical approaches.
About the speaker:
Richard Danzig is a Senior Advisor to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, a consultant to the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), Chair of the Advisory Panel for Idaho National Laboratories’ Innovation Center, and a member of the Toyota Research Institute Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Defense Policy Board and the Homeland Security Secretary’s Advisory Council, a Trustee of Reed College and of the RAND Corporation, a Director of the Center for a New American Security and a Director of Saffron Hill Ventures (a European investment firm). Dr. Danzig served as the Secretary of the U.S. Navy from 1998 to 2001 and the Under Secretary of the Navy between 1993 and 1997. From the spring of 2007 through the Presidential election of 2008, Dr. Danzig was a senior advisor to Senator Obama on national security issues. Dr. Danzig holds a B.A. degree from Reed College, a J.D. degree from Yale Law School, and Bachelor of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Upon his graduation from Yale, Dr. Danzig served as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White.
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