3 Events

Study Group - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Scaling Innovation for National Security

Tue., Apr. 4, 2023 - Thu., Apr. 13, 2023

To Be Announced

Join the Belfer Center's Technology and Public Purpose Project for a study group on “Scaling Innovation for National Security.”

This three-part study group will be organized by TAPP fellow, HKS Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, and Former U.S. Deputy CTO Nick Sinai, and explores the intersection of national security, technology, and innovation to solve national security challenges. Experts from across the defense innovation ecosystem will share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for scaling new technology to advance U.S. interests. 

This study group is open to anyone with an interest in learning about innovation and national security. No background in national security or technology is required! Our goal is to explore the intersection of these two fields and identify new opportunities to drive innovation and solve national security challenges. 


  • Session 1. Perspectives from the Pentagon, with the Honorable Michèle Flournoy
  • Session 2. Scaling Innovation: An Entrepreneur's Perspective, with Josh Lospinoso
  • Session 3. Innovating for the Warfighter, with General Joe Dunford, USMC (Ret.)

 Eric M. Smith greets Former Secretary of Defense, Ash B. Carter (right) for his visit to meet service members and civilians abroad Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Nov. 14, 2019.

Cpl. Mikayla Perez

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Organizational Change; How the Marine Corps is Modernizing for the Future

Fri., Nov. 4, 2022 | 9:15am - 10:15am

Taubman Building - Nye B & C, 5th Floor

Please join National Security Fellows LtCol Richard Neikirk and Mr. Ryan Canady for a seminar with special guest General Eric Smith, the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. 

This event is a part of the Defense Project Speaker Series, in which National Security Fellows invite speakers to co-present with them on pressing national security issues. 

Harvard staff, students, and faculty are welcome to attend this event in person. The public is welcome to attend this event virtually. 

Light refreshments will be provided. 

Convening - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Pizza and Pints with the NSFs: Civil-Military Relations with General Joseph Dunford

Tue., Oct. 25, 2022 | 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Belfer Building - Bell Hall, 5th Floor

This session's topic: Civil-Military relations within the DoD

In this session, featured NSFs and attendees will be joined by General Joseph Dunford to discuss what civilian control of the military really means. 

There will also be pizza and beer!

Attendance is limited - you must RSVP! You will not be permitted into the building without a Harvard ID. 

In addition to the robust speaker series, the Belfer Center National Security Fellows will also host off-record “Ask Me Anything” sessions as part of their “For the Common Defense” year-long initiative.   

The AMA sessions will cover a broad range of relevant Defense and National Security related topics. These topics are chosen based on interests of the National Security Fellows and suggestions from the broader Harvard community. The purpose of these sessions is to minimize the information gap between civilians and military personnel through candid, off-record, informal conversations.