DTI Research Agenda

Tracking Defense Tech Trends
  • What major trends are unfolding in the defense tech threat landscape now and into the next decade? How are these developments affecting the transatlantic security environment?
  • What are the Alliance’s adversaries and competitors’ capabilities and intentions with respect to AI, machine learning, quantum computing, nanotechnology, space technology, robotics, and other disruptive technologies?
  • How can the United States and its allies outpace and overmatch China and Russia in key areas, such as airpower, missile technology, and autonomous systems?
Applying Tech to Hybrid Threats
  • How can emerging technologies be applied to address below-threshold threats, including information operations, cyber-attacks, critical infrastructure manipulation, and low-level conflict?
  • How can AI and machine learning be used to develop better indications and warning systems for hybrid threats? How can synthetic environments and other technologies support political and military decision-making, joint attribution, and proactive responses to below-threshold issues?
  • How can Allies collect, regulate, and share the usable data required to leverage these technologies to their full potential in the hybrid realm?
Defense Tech Policy in an Allied Context
  • How can the Alliance develop new frameworks, adapt concepts, and adjust technical requirements to make emerging tech systems more standardized, interoperable, and resilient?
  • How can the transatlantic community incentivize investment and innovation across NATO and the EU? How can smaller countries utilize defense tech capabilities to punch above their weight, contribute to burden-sharing, and fill critical capability gaps?
  • How can Allies and partners better coordinate on research and development, production, intellectual property, export, tech transfer, and governance policies related to defense tech?