Samuel Bendett


Samuel Bendett is a 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, Bendett 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's analyses, views and commentary on Russian military robotics, unmanned systems and artificial intelligence capabilities appear regularly in the C4ISRnet, The National Interest, DefenseOne, Breaking Defense, War Is Boring, and The Strategy Bridge. He was also a foreign policy and international affairs contributor to the blog, writing on Russian military technology.

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.


August 31, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "Given a limited number of Sukhoi and MiG aircraft in the Russian air force, along with Tupolev bombers, it may partner with any of them."

Forbes: "Russia's Got Dogfighting Drones, Too—Just How Smart Are They?"

August 27, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "We don't quite have combat systems fielded, but Russians are publicly discussing artificial intelligence as an enabler in various military operations and concepts."

Defense & Aerospace Report: "DEFAERO Report Daily Podcast [Aug 27, 2020]–Sam Bendett on Army-2020" [7:07-7:18]

August 20, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "Everyone is working that angle," on militaries developing A.I. for air-to-air missions.

The Daily Beast: "Inside the Wild Finale of DARPA's Simulated Drone Dogfights"

August 20, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "The Russian domestic market for such UAVs is expanding, as more enterprises — private and public — realize the value of a UAV as an observation and ISR tool."

Forbes: "Russian Robot Helicopter Could Do More Than Search and Rescue"

August 20, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "The Russian MOD has already communicated its desire to have unmanned military systems operate autonomously in a fast-paced and fast-changing combat environment."

U.S. Army: "The Future of Unmanned Ground Systems in the Operational Environment"

August 19, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "Uran-6 operators have to carry a heavy command and control console on their chest . . . The exoskeleton was perfect stop-gap measure to field right away to meet the warfighter's demand."

Forbes: "Why Russian Military Exoskeletons Are Not Science Fiction"