Center for a New American Security — Technological Risks and National Security

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Grant Amount 
To support an outreach project on catastrophic risks led by Richard Danzig.
Topic (focus area) 

Published: October 2017
Grant investigator: Helen Toner

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The Open Philanthropy Project awarded a grant of $260,000 to the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) to support outreach by Richard Danzig,1 former Secretary of the Navy, on technological risks. Specifically, this funding will allow Mr. Danzig to revise and publish an already-drafted manuscript exploring and providing guidance on issues facing the US government related to potential risks from advanced technology (e.g., biosecurity, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence risks). In addition to completing the manuscript, this funding will allow Mr. Danzig to host a workshop and deliver approximately four speeches to military and intelligence community officials on the topic of technological risks in national security.

Our main reason for funding this work is our broad alignment with many of Mr. Danzig’s concerns and suggestions around technological risks—for example, the belief that the national security community should spend more time thinking about emergent risks and risks of accidents from increasingly sophisticated technology, and how to respond to them. Additionally, we see Mr. Danzig as a particularly good person to spread this type of message within the national security community, given his experience there.

This grant falls within our work on global catastrophic risks.


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CNAS, Richard J. Danzig, September 2017 [archive only] Source