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Samuel Bendett

Analyst - CNA Adversary Analysis Group

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Samuel Bendett is an Analyst with the CNA Adversary Analysis Group, where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program.

His work involves research on the Russian defense and technology developments, such as Russian naval capabilities, unmanned military systems and artificial intelligence, as well as Russian decision-making calculus during crises. He is also a Member of CNA’s Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence.

Samuel is also a Fellow in Russia Studies at the American Foreign Policy Council, where he conducts research on the Russian unmanned military systems and artificial intelligence. Prior to joining CNA, Samuel worked on the emerging and disruptive technologies for the Department of Defense. His previous experience includes working for public, private and non-profit organizations on foreign policy, international conflict resolution, defense and security issues.

Samuel’s analyses, views and commentary on Russian military robotics, unmanned systems and artificial intelligence capabilities appear in the C4ISRnet, DefenseOne, War on the Rocks, Breaking Defense, The National Interest, War Is Boring, and The Strategy Bridge. He has native fluency in Russian. He was named an official “Mad Scientist” by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Samuel received his M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and B.A. in Politics and English from Brandeis University.