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Christopher Meissner

Senior Associate at Avascent

Christopher Meissner is a Senior Associate at Avascent, where he advises clients on developing and achieving growth strategies in aerospace, defense, national security, information technology and security markets.

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The Most Militarily Decisive Use of Autonomy You Won’t See

November 8, 2016 Armed drones and robot pack mules may get the headlines now, but far more powerful strategic effects will be achieved by artificial intelligence and machine-learning systems that select and attack targets autonomously—and fend off the enemy AIs trying to do the same. As shown by the monograph “20YY: Preparing for...

The Most Militarily Decisive Use of Autonomy You Won’t See

November 7, 2016 Armed drones and robot pack mules may get the headlines now, but far more powerful strategic effects will be achieved by artificial intelligence and machine-learning systems that select and attack targets autonomously — and fend off the enemy AIs trying to do the same. As shown by the monograph “20YY:...

Three Ways to Judge the Pentagon’s Tech-Sector Outreach

April 19, 2016 Compared to the big numbers Washington and Palo Alto are used to, the first contracts from the Defense Department’s Silicon Valley outreach are likely to be underwhelming. Facebook paid $19 billion for WhatsApp in 2014; last year, the Pentagon spent $9.1 billion on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. By contrast,...