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 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.


April 20, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, "Over the past couple years Russians have been developing and using a lot of UAVs, UUVs, and UGVs in combat."

Defense and Aerospace Report: "CNA's Bendett on Russia's Use of Unmanned Systems"

April 19, 2018

Samuel Bendett writes, "All technology displayed on parade was/is in regular use, so it was probably just a matter of time before Russians started showing off their unmanned military systems."

CAAI Blog: "For the First Time, Russia Is Showcasing Unmanned Military Systems at a Military Parade"

April 13, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, "Syria was a major laboratory...for the Russian military technologies."

National Defense Magazine: "Russia Rolling Ahead With Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicles"

April 12, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, "The Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation has taken the lead right now in marshalling academic, military industrial resources, it is creating forums, it is putting people together to work on developing artificial intelligence."

Defense and Aerospace Report: "CNA's Bendett on Russia's Use of AI, Electronic Warfare, Weapons Development"

April 10, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, "They don't want to separate AI into good or bad, for them it is not about ethics. It is about what they can actually build."

SIGNAL: "Russia Strengthening Focus on AI Technologies"

April 4, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, "Russians are years away from developing UGVs that can go up against Abrams tanks."

Breaking Defense: "Russian Robots Attack! West Point Comic's (Plausible) Future War"