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Scott Tait

Scott Tait
  • UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation
    9500 Gilman Drive #0518
    Mail Code: 0518
    La Jolla , CA 92093

Scott Tait is executive director of the National Security Innovation Catalyst located at UC San Diego. Catalyst improves the linkages and information flow between San Diego’s national security community, entrepreneurial companies with dual-use technologies, academia, investors and policy decision-makers.

Tait served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years. His assignments included positions leading strategy, policy and innovation efforts, working directly for 3 and 4-star commanders in the Indo-Pacific region and Washington, D.C. He also held senior policy positions, with a focus in Indo-Asia, on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J-5), Pacific Fleet staff and U.S. Seventh Fleet staff. At sea he served in Cruiser and Destroyer ships, commanding USS Mustin (DDG 89) and, most recently, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000).

Tait holds masters degrees from Stanford University in international policy and the U.S. Naval War College in national security and strategic studies. At the U.S. Naval War College, he was a member of the Halsey Alfa Advanced Research and Wargaming Project.

Recent Publications

Catalyst Year-In-Review
May 25, 2021 | Lindsay Morgan interviews Scott Tait
The United States is a world leader in innovation, research, and technology, but risks losing its national security edge to rising competitors. The Catalyst initiative, which launched in 2019, aims to drive investment in, and adoption of, security innovations by strengthening connections between the national security community, innovators, investors, and policymakers. In this interview, Catalyst director Scott Tait talks about the project’s first year and how the pandemic helped shape it.

Innovation at the Edge: Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Webinar
Dec. 11, 2020
In this webinar featuring Catalyst Executive Director and IGCC affiliated researcher Scott Tait, researchers from UC San Diego discuss the ethical implications of expansions in artificial intelligence (AI). Among the questions covered are: How will AI impact society? As AI continues to be more pervasive in our daily lives, from smart devices to facial recognition, in what areas will it have the biggest impact? What ethical hurdles do we face with advancing AI applications? And what do we need to do to overcome these ​potential pitfalls?

New IGCC Initiative—Catalyst—Supports UC San Diego COVID-19 Response
April 20, 2020 | By Lindsay Morgan | IGCC News
COVID-19 is challenging populations, economies and medical systems around the globe. As the impact of the pandemic grows, innovators across UC San Diego have responded, rapidly developing solutions that will improve pandemic response efforts in Southern California, and potentially across the country and beyond. One of the organizations responding is Catalyst, a new initiative of the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC).

Q&A with Scott Tait, Executive Director, Catalyst
Feb. 13, 2020 | By Lindsay Morgan | IGCC News
In this interview, Catalyst Executive Director Scott Tait talks about the global shifts that provide the impetus for Catalyst, the barriers to innovation and how Catalyst will tackle them, and what brought him to UC San Diego after nearly 30 years in the Navy.

  • national security
  • strategic studies
  • Indo-Pacific region
  • U.S. Navy
  • war games
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