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Hacking for Defense


Published February 15, 2024

Identifying the growing disconnect between national security readiness and technological innovation, Hoover Institution Research Fellow, Joseph Felter, helped pioneer Stanford’s Gordian Knot Center and establish the Hacking for Defense curriculum to engage promising students to drive defense innovation with startup velocity and mentality.  These initiatives are dedicated to the application of lean startup methodologies to address critical national security gaps in the hopes of reinventing America's defense industry to meet 21st century challenges.

Check Out More from Joseph Felter:

  • "The US Must Harness the Power of Silicon Valley to Spur Military Innovation" by Steve Blank, Joe Felter, and Raj Shah.  Available here.
  • Matters of Policy & Politics (Podcast) - "Our Greatest Strategic Regret in Afghanistan is Yet to Come" with Joe Felter and Bill Whalen.  Listen here.

The Gordian Knot Center and Hacking for Defense:

  • Learn more about The Gordian Knot Center here.
  • Learn more about Hacking for Defense here.

Check Out More on National Security and Cybersecurity:

  • Watch "Cyber Security Strategy: Lessons from the Last Decade" from Jacquelyn Schneider here.
  • Read "Technology And Information Warfare: The Competition For Influence And The Department Of Defense" from Herbert Lin here.
  • Listen to "Cyberspace and Public-Private Innovation" with Jacquelyn Schneider et al. here.