Technology Innovation and American National Security: Artificial Intelligence and the Fight for the Future


The National Security Institute was excited to host the next event in NSI’s Technology Innovation and American National Security Project, Artificial Intelligence and the Fight for the Future.

On Wednesday, May 26, from 2 – 3 PM ET, NSI hosted a fireside chat featuring National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Gilman Louie to discuss critical technology issues facing the nation, with cybersecurity reporter Chris Bing of Reuters to moderate our session.

American innovation in artificial intelligence is a national security imperative and Commissioners Clyburn and Louie addressed how the U.S. government can invest in human capital to ethically and responsibly develop AI tools to best counter and compete with our adversaries and strategic partners.  They took a hard look at how AI changes the national security environment and how the United States can best leverage itself in a new technological frontier.

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The Honorable Mignon Clyburn was sworn in for her first term as Commissioner at NSCAI on August 3, 2009 and served until June 6, 2018. She also served as Acting FCC Chairwoman from May 20, 2013 through November 4, 2013.  While at the FCC, Commissioner Clyburn was committed to closing the digital divide. Specifically, she was an advocate for Lifeline Modernization, which assists low income consumers defray the cost of broadband service, championed diversity in media ownership, initiated Inmate Calling Services reforms, emphasized diversity and inclusion in STEM opportunities, and fought to preserve a free and open internet.  Her work at NSCAI extends to focusing on equity and the development of STEM education.


Gilman Louie is Co-Founder and Partner of Alsop Louie Partners, an early-stage technology venture capital firm founded in 2006 and located in San Francisco.  The firm focuses on disruptive and innovative technologies, and has made investments in the areas of cyber security, predictive analytics, education, and entertainment. Mr. Louie was the first CEO of In-Q-Tel, an independent, non-profit venture capital firm established with the backing of the Central Intelligence Agency.  Under Mr. Louie’s leadership, In-Q-Tel invested in and worked with more than 80 companies that have had a significant impact on national security.



Chris Bing is a cybersecurity reporter with Reuters and has won a number of awards including The Drum award for best investigative reporting and the Edwin M Hood award for diplomatic correspondence.  Previously he was an Associate Editor and reporter with CyberScoop and a Cybersecurity reporter for FedScoop.  He holds a BA from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.