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Strategic Issues

As part of its not-for-profit mission, IQT conducts analyses of the national security implications of emerging technologies. IQT’s history of investing and partnership in the global innovation ecosystem 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, and recent examples are included below.

Innovation & National Security

The Innovation Wars: America’s Eroding Technological Advantage
March/April 2022
In this article that appeared in Foreign Affairs, Chris Darby and 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.

The Real Security Innovation Gap
August 2020
In this article appearing on the Lawfare blog, Dr. Sarah Sewall and Michael Vickers identify critical innovation gaps that threaten U.S. security and call for the United States to rethink its approach.

The Unseen Conflict: Strategic Technology Competition
February 2020
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.

Investment and Innovation in U.S. Intelligence
April 2019
Listen to Chris Darby’s interview with Michael Morell about investment and innovation in the U.S. Intelligence Community on the Intelligence Matters Podcast.

Digital Currency

The Future of Crypto: A Q&A with IQT
March 2022
Watch a Q&A featuring Dr. Sarah Sewall, Bob Gleichauf, and Ming Luo who explore the nature of cryptocurrencies, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), and how these technologies could affect the world economy.

The Geopolitics of Digital Currency
January 2022
On the heels of Federal Reserve discussion of a potential Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), Dr. 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 paper published by the Belfer Center.


Biotechnology and American Competitiveness
June 2021
Watch Dr. Tara O’Toole address biotechnology and American competitiveness in a panel hosted by the Center for a New American Security on June 2, 2021. Dr. O’Toole and her co-panelists discuss how to foster research and innovation, address bioterrorism and biosecurity risks, and strengthen the U.S. bioeconomy in an era of global technology competition.

Biological Threats to U.S. National Security
November 2019
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.


When the Chips are Down: Navigating Strengths and Strategic Vulnerabilities in the Semiconductor Industry
March 2021
Watch Eileen Tanghal in a panel discussion hosted by the Wilson Center Science and Technology Innovation Program. Tanghal discusses the growing importance of semiconductors in geopolitical competition and the consequences for the United States and private sector.

National Security Challenges for Microelectronics
February 2021
Watch Eileen Tanghal and Dr. Yan Zheng explore IQT’s view that innovation is the key to meeting both competitiveness and security challenges for microelectronics. For further insights, read the full “The National Microelectronics Challenge” paper.

More IQT Perspectives

November/December 2021
In this issue of of IEEE Security & Privacy, 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.

Building a Trusted ICT Supply Chain
January 2021
Watch Dr. Sarah Sewall discuss the challenges of ensuring that the United States maintains a secure and trusted supply chain for information and communications technology. In this event hosted by the Center for a New American Security, she makes the case for filling key innovation gaps in private sector investment.

Data Privacy Tech Primer
October 2020
IQT helps organizations find the best technologies to protect the information with which they are entrusted. But citizens and policymakers lack such an interlocutor, even as they are increasingly asked to share their personal data with organizations. Tommy Jones introduces data privacy technologies to the non-expert in this tech primer.

Open RAN Initiatives
October 2020
The Radio Access Network (RAN) is part of a mobile telecommunication system that comprises cell towers that broadcast and receive radio signals, and its core network provides communications services that also function as the gateway to the internet. This paper explores how opening up the RAN could disrupt the telecommunications equipment market and create new opportunities for the U.S.

In New Space Race, U.S. is Falling Behind
December 2018
Listen to Glenn Gaffney comment on the space race in his interview with Michael Morell on the Intelligence Matters Podcast.