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Former Joint AI Center Chief John Shanahan Now CNAS’ New Adjunct Senior Fellow; Martijn Rasser Quoted

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John Shanahan
John Shanahan Adjunct Senior Fellow CNAS

John Shanahan, the former Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) director and a two-time Wash100 Award recipient, has joined think tank Center for a New American Security (SNAS) as an adjunct senior fellow. He will conduct research on the adoption of AI for military applications as a top fellow in the Technology and National Security Program, CNAS said Tuesday.

The retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant general brings to the organization experience gained throughout his 36-year military career, which includes holding operational and staff positions in intelligence, policy, command and control, and other fields and commanding service groups at different levels.

He also served as the first director of the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team and led a Department of Defense pathfinder program for AI-enabled intelligence collection and analysis.

“His decades of operational experience in the Air Force and JAIC and his expertise in the real-world applications of AI in defense will be an invaluable asset to our growing portfolio of work," shared Martijn Rasser, a CNAS senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program.

Shanahan, which retired from service in 2020, is currently studying under the Master of International Studies program at the North Carolina State University.