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.


March 4, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "Rather than send a piloted aircraft that could be lost, with the pilot killed, Turkey sent unmanned systems, whose loss is less profound and does not ultimately impact Turkish military capability."

C4ISRNET: "Turkey's Drones Are Battle Tested and Ready for Export"

March 2, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "Only sophisticated [electronic-warfare] capabilities that are matched with robust radar-warning and air-defenses can potentially tackle this threat."

The National Interest: "Turkey Has a Drone Air Force. and It Just Went to War in Syria."

February 4, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "Both China and Russia are making public their plans to compete for the [world's] best and brightest high-tech workers, seeking to attract this newly emerging AI talent pool to their respective countries."

Nikkei Asian Review: "Huawei Plays Star Role in New China-Russia AI Partnership"

January 29, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "This is a tactical, close support vehicle [Bereginya] that is supposed to aid troops with situational awareness, surveillance and reconnaissance."

C4ISRNET: "New 'Savior' Drone Is Ready for the Trenches of the 2020s"

January 26, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "Eventual numbers of aircraft built may vary from the initial announcements due to a range of factors such as the state of the domestic military industry, the state of the military budget and the overall health of the Russian economy."

The National Interest: "Russia Is Determined to Buy Stealth Fighters, Bombers, Drones and Even a New Aircraft Carrier"

January 23, 2020

Samuel Bendett writes, "Russia will be keen to capitalize on the growing security trend in unmanned systems acquisitions, as more and more militaries around the world are realizing the benefits of fielding unmanned systems in place of more expensive manned technologies."

Mad Scientist Laboratory: "Major Trends in Russian Military Unmanned Systems Development for the Next Decade"