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 17, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, “Russia has been using a UAV-mounted cellphone jammer for a number of years now.”

C4ISRNET: “Russian Drones Can Jam Cellphones 60 Miles Away”

November 16, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, “This threat was judged to be great enough to introduce training to counter such small drones with small fires across so many Russian services.”

Defense One: “Russia Has Started to Train Its Entire Military to Fight Drones”

November 12, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, “The Ministry of Defense, or MOD, has opened several departments within the institution that specifically deal with the emergence of unmanned military systems and their acquisition, testing and evaluation for the Russian military.”

Bionic Bug Podcast: “Interview with Samuel Bennett”

November 9, 2018

Michael Kofman says that the Trident Juncture exercise, “clearly demonstrates to Russia the ability of the United States together with NATO allies to appear in the high north, on that part of Russia’s flank.”

Defense and Aerospace Report: “CNA’s Kofman, Bendett on Russian Perception of Trident Juncture”

November 9, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, “The Russian Federation looks to practice its con-opts and tactics, techniques and procedures on a regular basis. There’s no better way to do that than in full sight of NATO and United States Navy.”

Defense and Aerospace Report: “CNA’s Kofman, Bendett on Russian Perception of Trident Juncture”

October 29, 2018

Samuel Bendett says, “What’s interesting is that Russian designers are thinking creatively about UAV applications. Biomimicry allows UAVs to operate in areas where a ‘regular’-looking UAV would have been sighted and eliminated.”

C4ISRNET: “New Russian Owl Drone Will Hunt Tanks in Northern Warfare”