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.


October 9, 2019

Samuel Bendett says, "There are many countries and forces using small [unmanned ground vehicles] for ISR and other roles — many belligerents in the Middle East have them, including several DIY models made by non-state actors."

C4ISRNET: "Beetle-Like Iranian Robots Can Roll Under Tanks"

October 4, 2019

Samuel Bendett writes, "This policy support for collaboration in innovation has manifested in bilateral dialogues and exchanges, the development of industrial science and technology parks, and the expansion of academic cooperation between the Russian and Chinese Academies of Sciences."

Defense One: "China, Russia Deepen Technological Ties"

October 1, 2019

Samuel Bendett says, "Ohotnik may be a long-range air-defense penetrator, in which case it would need to fly 'solo' in an automated mode, in order not to utilize Russian manned assets."

The National Interest: "This Picture Is the Future of Russia's Military: Stealth Fighters and Drones"

October 1, 2019

Samuel Bendett writes, "Much, however, will depend on the way the Russian government—the biggest investor in the national AI development—will manage the human, administrative, and material resources and challenges necessary for this hi- tech work."

Fairchild Series: "The Development of Artificial Intelligence in Russia"

September 27, 2019

Samuel Bendett writes, "Today, this center [Center for Artificial Inteligence] aims to foster partnerships among the nation's leading state-run and private companies and universities."

Defense One: "Russia's National AI Center Is Taking Shape"

September 24, 2019

Samuel Bendett says, "we are seeing that the Russian military is not only thinking creatively about technologies that can assist its warfighters - it also is following in the footsteps of other advanced militaries like the Israeli army that has built a similar snake robot earlier."

C4ISRNET: "Will This Snake Robot Lead Russian Soldiers to Battle in Caves?"