MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2018 Activities by Sponsor - MIT Security Studies Program

Contemporary Military Topics (series)

Joli Saraf

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Contemporary Military Topics (series of three sessions)

Sponsor(s): Center for International Studies, MIT Security Studies Program
Contact: Elina Hamilton,

Of Starships and Tallships...

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Tue 01:30PM-03:30PM E40-496, Lucian Pye Conf Rm

Of Starships & Tallships: Human Spaceflight Exploration in US Grand Strategy: The history of the military's role in human spaceflight sheds great insight on how spaceflight features in attainment of state grand strategy goals. US, Russian & Chinese spaceflight cases offer lessons of conquest & military power. We'll explore the basis of a viable US spacepower strategy that leverages today¿s human spaceflight industry.


LTC Randy Gordon, USAF - PhD

The Implications of Future Warfare

Add to Calendar Jan/25 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM E40-496, Lucian Pye Conf Rm

Recent actions by U.S. competitors, the proliferation of advanced technology once only available to the U.S. military, and the changing character of the future operating environment imply that the U.S. Army must adapt to anticipate the demands of future armed conflict. This seminar will discuss anticipated changes to future warfare and implications for U.S. Army doctrinal, operational and technological innovation.      


LTC Warren Sponsler, USA, LTC Doug Copeland, USA

Future Fleet Design in 2045

Add to Calendar Feb/01 Thu 01:00PM-03:00PM E40-496, Lucian Pye Conf Rm.

The Navy and Marine Corps need a strategic view of the future operating environment to guide future fleet design & architecture for US maritime superiority thru 2045.  The future fleet will include new ship, submarine & aircraft design, manned & unmanned systems, & use of AI.  Other areas for ethics & policy-related discussion include the use of synthetic biology, CRISPR technology & tech-enhanced humans in defense.




Lt. Col. Shannon Brown USMC, Captain Peter T. Mirisola, USN