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Samuel Bendett
Associate Research Analyst


Samuel Bendett is an Associate Research Analyst with the Center for Naval Analyses' International Affairs Group, where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. His work involves Russian defense and security technology and developments, Russian geopolitical influence in the former Soviet states, as well as Russian unmanned systems development, Russian naval capabilities and Russian decision-making calculus during military crises.

Prior to joining CNA, he worked at the National Defense University on emerging and disruptive technologies for government response in crisis situation, where he conducted research on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD-P) and Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OSD-AT&L). His previous experience includes working for US Congress, private sector and non-profit organizations on foreign policy, international conflict resolution, defense and security issues.

Bendett was a foreign policy and international affairs contributor to the RealClearWorld.com blog, writing on Russian military technology, including unmanned systems, and socio-cultural developments across Former Soviet Union. His analyses also appeared in The National Interest, where he wrote on Russian military robotics and unmanned systems capabilities.

Bendett received his M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and B.A. in Politics and English from Brandeis University. He has native fluency in Russian.


February 20, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, "The key here is that the Russians are starting to move away from 'regular' UAV designs and are beginning to experiment with a variety of UAV design and applications."

The National Interest: "Here Is How Russia Hopes to Dominate the Drone Market"

February 1, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, "This unmanned helicopter will enhance the military capabilities of the nation's armed forces, as well as serve as a useful addition to the civilian sector such as emergency and first responders."

The National Interest: "Is the Russian Military Going Robot?"

February 1, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, "What's evident now is that Russia's plan to more closely integrate their EW forces with air/missile defenses is coming to fruition."

Breaking Defense: "Electronic Warfare Trumps Cyber For Deterring Russia"

January 25, 2018

Samuel Bendett writes, "In certain aspects of the field of unmanned military systems, Russia may be inching ahead of its competition in designing and testing a wide variety of systems and conceptualizing their future use."

Defense One: "Russia Is Poised to Surprise the U.S. in Battlefield Robotics"

January 21, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, "Soratnik testing in Syria may have in fact taken place considering the mine clearing UGVs that Russia has tested there and is planning to use from now on."

The National Interest: "Russia Tests New "Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle" in Near Combat Conditions"

January 17, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, "We are talking about a very wide aperture for a drone-borne attack—from small quadrocopters, to plane-like UAVs that attacked Hmeimim, to potential coordinated swarms made up of small and large drones."

The National Interest: "'Swarm' Strikes Are the U.S. Military's Worst Fear"