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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War

Keeping America’s Edge in an Era of Great Power Competition

INTLPOL 340 / MS&E 296 | Fall Quarter 2020-2021

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Course Motivation

Why we're launching this new course at Stanford University

For the first time since the start of the Cold War, Americans are being confronted with the prospect of being unable to prevail in future conflict. In 2017, the Chairman of the Joint Chief’s of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, warned that “In just a few years, if we do not change the trajectory, we will lose our qualitative and quantitative competitive advantage.” Those few years have passed and this dire warning is arguably coming to fruition...