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Technology and Innovation

The almost overnight deployment of new technologies has played a large role in the changing strategic environment of the twenty-first century.

China's aspiration to become a world leader in science, technology, and innovation within the next 10–20 years may portend a seismic shift in the global balance of power. The country’s leaders and scientific elite regard possession of a state-of-the-art autonomous innovation capability as central in their endeavors to build a prosperous and powerful nation and they are investing heavily in bringing this vision to reality. The Study of Innovation and Technology in China examines both the global implications of China’s technological transformation and its particular consequences for the United States and Asia-Pacific region.

IGCC-led projects on new technologies bring faculty in computer science, political science, international relations, economics, public policy, and law together with industry and government experts to advance our understanding of the implications of these rapid technological shifts. 


The Catalyst Initiative aims to drive more and better development, investment and adoption of innovations that potentially have security applications, by fostering new, and strengthening existing, connections between government, innovators, researchers, investors and policymakers.

IGCC research on national security innovation


China’s defense science, technology, and industrial base and supporting civilian and dual-use sectors have undergone major changes under Xi Jinping’s program of reforms, with implications for defense innovation cooperation globally.

IGCC research on China

IGCC research on defense innovation


The new security landscape requires scientists and engineers who understand how cyber criminals and terrorists operate, why business and government have difficulty sharing information on cyber-security, and the context of international technical, commercial, and military competition.

IGCC research on cyber


The dual-use nature of “supercomputers” makes understanding plans and prospects for high performance computing (HPC) R&D a priority in the study of global technological leadership and national security.

IGCC research on HPC