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.


November 25, 2019

Samuel Bendett writes, "The Russian state's relationship with its budding private sector has been mixed at best, and it will be interesting to observe how much Russian entrepreneurs will put their trust in government institutions."

Defense One: "Russia's AI Quest Is State-Driven — Even More Than China's. Can It Work?"

November 8, 2019

Samuel Bendett says, "Their involvement in Syria only underscored the necessity of an unbroken chain of UAV operation, with drones not just identifying and tracking targets, but hitting them following a positive ID."

Defense One: "Russia Says It Used Autonomous Armed Strike Drones in a Wargame"

November 5, 2019

Samuel Bendett says, "Based on what the Russians have seen and learned in Syria — which is the single most important Russian military experience today — a serious damaging effect can be achieved by a UAV swarm attack."

C4ISRNET: "Flock 93 Is Russia's Dream of a 100-Strong Drone Swarm for War"

November 2, 2019

Samuel Bendett says the, "Syrian experience displayed to Russian forces the need to have available drones that can range for hundreds of kilometers and then deliver a strike, without [troops] calling for manned aviation and without putting manned aerial assets at risk."

The National Interest: "Russia's Predator Drone Flew Strikes in Syria"

October 31, 2019

Samuel Bendett says, "For their part, Russian military is also building drones that can operate in an EMS-challenged environment."

Military Times: "U.S. Forces Could Learn from Intense Electronic War Battle in Ukraine"

October 29, 2019

Samuel Bendett writes, "China and Russia are seeking to develop and demonstrate the dividends from a new model for scientific cooperation that relies less and less on foreign, and especially American, expertise and technology, instead seeking independence in innovation and pursuing developments that may have strategic implications."

Australian Strategic Policy Institute: "A New Sino-Russian High-Tech Partnership"