Samuel Bendett


Samuel Bendett is an Adviser with CNA Strategy, Policy, Plans and Programs Center (SP3), where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. His work involves research on the Russian defense and technology developments, unmanned and autonomous military systems and Artificial Intelligence, as well as Russian military capabilities and decision-making during crises. He is a Member of CNA's Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence, and an honorary "Mad Scientist" with the USARMY TRADOC's Mad Scientist Initiative. He is also a Russian military autonomy and AI SME for the DOD's Defense Systems Information Analysis Center.

Prior to joining CNA, Mr. Bendett worked at the National Defense University on emerging and disruptive technologies for the Department of Defense response in domestic and international crisis situations. His previous experience includes working for US Congress, private sector and non-profit organizations on foreign policy, international conflict resolution, defense and security issues. Mr. Bendett's analyses, views and commentary on Russian military robotics, unmanned systems and Artificial Intelligence capabilities appear in the Forbes, C4ISRnet, DefenseOne, War on the Rocks, Breaking Defense, The National Interest and The Strategy Bridge. Between 2008 and 2016, he was a foreign policy and international affairs contributor to the blog.

Samuel 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.


July 13, 2022

How consumer drones are changing warfare

July 13, 2022

To Robot Or Not To Robot? Past Analysis Of Russian Military Robotics And Today's War In Ukraine

July 7, 2022

In North Africa, a fighter jet arms race, with Russia and the US on either side July 5, 2022

Ukraine's drones are becoming increasingly ineffective as Russia ramps up its electronic warfare and air defenses

December 3, 2020

Samuel Bendett writes, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his government generally sound two themes when discussing AI: that it is absolutely essential to Russia's future, necessitating an extensive domestic research and development effort; and that it could be  dangerous, requiring an international approach to limiting it."

Defense One: "Putin Urges AI Limits — but for Thee, Not Me?"

November 10, 2020

Samuel Bendett says, "The threat of small armed drones is a persistent one, and will only grow as more nations may try to copy Azeri experience in acquiring a range of UAV assets to complement their own legacy systems."

Forbes: "The 'Magic Bullet' Drones Behind Azerbaijan's Victory Over Armenia"