NatSec Nightcap – July 23, 2020





How prepared is the US for the upcoming superpower marathon with China?  How is the U.S. responding to China’s multi-decade investment in technologies critical for future innovation and military superiority?  Thanks for joining us for a conversation on the role of technology in great power competition and U.S. policies and tools to strengthen the national security innovation base featuring:

  • Michael Brown, Director, Defense Innovation Unit, Department of Defense
  • Jamil N. Jaffer, NSI Founder and Executive Director


You could send your questions prior to the event either by email or by tweeting them to @MasonNatSec with the hashtag #NatSecNightcap.  Webinars also featured the option to submit questions live throughout the event.

About Michael Brown:

Michael Brown is the director of the Defense Innovation Unit at the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), which fields leading-edge commercial capabilities to the military faster and more cost-effectively than traditional acquisition methods.  Previously, Mr. Brown served two years (2016-2018) as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow at DoD.  He is the co-author of a Pentagon study on China’s participation in the U.S. venture ecosystem, a catalyst for the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA).  FIRRMA was signed into law in August 2018 and provided expanded jurisdiction to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).  Additionally, he led the initiative for a new Defense Department-sponsored investment vehicle, National Security Innovation Capital (NSIC) to fund dual-use hardware technology companies. Mr. Brown is the former CEO of Symantec Corporation, a global leader in cybersecurity.


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