Neil Narang Co-Leads Initiative on New Tech & Global Security

Ready or not, the science fiction gadgetry of the future is here: unmanned and autonomous weapons systems with artificial intelligence, 3D-printed weapons, new cyber technologies for use in warfare, hypersonic delivery systems. In each case, the technology is being rapidly developed in the commercial sector. It’s a reality that haunts government officials around the world.

“The spread of advanced technologies may be the central security challenge of the 21st century,” said Neil Narang, a UC Santa Barbara assistant professor of political science.

Narang would know. The international relations scholar spent much of the last two years in Washington, D.C., working with the U.S. government on issues of national security, including as a senior advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy on a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship. As part of the office’s strategy team, he worked on assessing risk across a range of global threats. 

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