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Policy Insights

As part of its not-for-profit mission, IQT conducts analyses of the national security implications of emerging technologies. This work is intended to educate government customers and policymakers and the general public.

Commercial Technology and Great Power Competition

In today’s geopolitical competition, commercial technologies play an increasingly important role in economic growth, national security, and global norms and values. IQT’s 20-year history of investing and partnership in the global innovation ecosystem and its deep bench of technical expertise translates into an unparalleled understanding of issues at the intersection of the private sector, technology, and national security, as well as future technology and market trends.

IQT offers its analysis and insights on a wide range of issues relevant to national security policy. Recent examples are included below.

IQT Policy Team

Dr. Sarah Sewall
EVP for Policy and Senior Fellow

Raffaela Wakeman
Director of Policy

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On the heels of Federal Reserve discussion of a potential Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), Sarah Sewall and Ming Luo argue that national security implications of CBDCs must be primary considerations of U.S. policymakers. Read more from the The Geopolitics of Digital Currency January 2022 paper published by the Belfer Center.

In the November/December 2021 issue of IEEE Security & Privacy, IQT’s Dan Geer argues that technologies that exhibit positive feedback loops (such as artificial intelligence and synthetic biology) create special policy challenges because they extend the length of time between the appearance of an offensive capability and the construction of an adequate defense against it. Democracies, which may impose their own meaningful limits on positive feedback loop technologies, must be particularly wary of how autocracies develop such technologies.

In The Innovation Wars: America’s Eroding Technological Advantage, which appears in the March/April 2021 issue of Foreign Affairs, CEO Chris Darby and EVP and Senior Fellow Dr. Sarah Sewall issue a stark warning about China’s promotion of commercial innovation and call on the United States to address the national security implications of emerging dual-use technologies.

Watch Chris Darby testify before the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence’s Subcommittee on Strategic Technologies and Advanced Research in its February 2020 hearing, “Emerging Technologies and National Security: Posturing the US Intelligence Community for Success.” Read his Statement for the Record, The Unseen Conflict: Strategic Technology Competition

Watch Dr. Tara O’Toole testify before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities at its November 2019 hearing, “Biological Threats to U.S. National Security.” In her testimony, Dr. O’Toole outlines the dynamic biosecurity threat landscape, concluding that the nation needs a robust biodefense system that addresses natural and man-made biothreats and a national biodefense strategy in order to compete with China. Read her Statement for the Record.