Analysis

Jack Corrigan

Research Analyst Print Bio

Jack Corrigan is a Research Analyst at Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET). Previously, Jack provided research and writing assistance on a book about the growing power of the U.S. private sector and its effect on the country’s social contract. He also worked as a journalist covering federal tech and cybersecurity for Nextgov, an Atlantic Media publication. Jack holds a B.S. in Journalism and a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University.

Since the mid-2000s, China has consistently graduated more STEM PhDs than the United States, a key indicator of a country’s future competitiveness in STEM fields. This paper explores the data on STEM PhD graduation rates and projects their growth over the next five years, during which the gap between China and the United States is expected to increase significantly.

As dual-use technologies transform the national security landscape, the U.S. Department of Defense has established a variety of offices and programs dedicated to bringing private sector innovation into the military. However, these efforts have largely failed to drive cutting-edge commercial technology into major military platforms and systems. This report examines the shortcomings of the DOD’s current approach to defense innovation and offers recommendations for a more effective strategy.