Samuel Bendett

Analyst, CAAI


Samuel Bendett is an Analyst with CNA' s Adversary Analysis Group, where he is a member of the Russia Studies Program. His work involves research on the Russian defense and technology developments, such as Russian naval capabilities, unmanned military systems and artificial intelligence, as well as Russian decision-making calculus during crises. He is also a Member of CNA’s Center for Autonomy and Artificial Intelligence.

Prior to joining CNA, Mr. Bendett worked at the National Defense University on emerging and disruptive technologies for government response in crisis situation, where he conducted research on behalf of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy (OSD-P) and Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (OSD-AT&L).

Mr. Bendett’s analyses, views and commentary on Russian military robotics, unmanned systems and artificial intelligence capabilities appear regularly in the C4ISRnet, DefenseOne, Breaking Defense, The National Interest, War Is Boring, and The Strategy Bridge. He was a foreign policy and international affairs contributor to the blog.

Samuel Bendett received his M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and B.A. in Politics and English from Brandeis University. He has native fluency in Russian.