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The Emerging Threats & Technology Working Group at Oxford University meets regularly each term to examine the national security implications of critical and emerging technologies (CETs), from artificial intelligence and quantum computing to directed energy and space platforms.

Meetings are held in hybrid format, in-person at Oxford and online, to include diverse viewpoints from academia, industry, and policy, matching the global reach of technological innovation and challenge. 

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what we do

“The security environment is affected by rapid technological advancements and the changing character of war. The drive to develop new technologies is relentless.”

U.S. National Defense Strategy

(Public Version, 2018)

Scope & Topics

Across the security and defense policies of great powers, critical and emerging technologies are leading elements of the threat environment and national strategy. Accordingly, group meetings examine key science and technology (S&T) priorities, spanning Biotechnology, Directed Energy, Hypersonics, Space Technologies, Quantum Computing, Autonomous Systems, and Artificial Intelligence. Meetings assess these technologies with robust theory across military strategy and operations, acquisition and integration, international security, and regulation/global governance

Meetings are held in hybrid format, in-person at Oxford and online, to include diverse viewpoints from academia, industry, and policy, matching the global reach of technological innovation and challenge.

Group Research

Regular participants are invited to contribute to an Annual Emerging Threats Report with opportunities for presentation to industry and policymakers. The Report provides horizon-scanning of technological developments, elaborated assessments, and policy options. For participation/interest, contact us.

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