Building on our Washington D.C. advantage, we aim to become the preeminent place for ethical national security innovation and problem solving in a rapidly-changing and interconnected world. Government entities – historically, the central actors on national security – are not generally well suited for innovation. Georgetown is. We will do so by:
- Launching our new 360 Innovation Incubator to tackle real-world problems;
- Training the next generation of national security lawyers and leaders;
- Advancing the national security conversation through scholarship, publications, and rigorous debate.
Our approach is underpinned by several unique and defining characteristics:
- Georgetown’s deep commitment to social justice, public service, justice, and the rule of law, and our renowned expertise in ethics;
- Georgetown’s commitment to non-partisan, rigorous, and independent debate and thought;
- Georgetown’s deep bench of multi-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, and diverse schools, centers, and institutes, such as the Ethics Lab, the Institute for Technology Law & Policy, the Human Rights Institute, the Climate Center, the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, the Center for Security & Emerging Technology, the School of Foreign Service, and the McCourt School of Public Policy;
- Georgetown’s central location in Washington D.C. and our well-placed faculty, adjunct, and alumni network, which provides a bridge to all branches of government, private industry, non-governmental organizations, and think tanks.
Traditional approaches to national security focused on post-Cold War hierarchies, legal frameworks based on geography, industrial age conceptions of security and conflict, and a state-based national security architecture designed to protect territorial integrity from incursions by adversaries. These approaches are no longer suited to the multi-faceted, interdisciplinary, and cross-cutting security challenges in our interconnected world, but the field continues to struggle with the implications of these changes and how best to respond.
The Center is developing an innovation methodology, borrowing from civilian and military design and creative problem solving approaches and change management tools, and tailoring it to law and policy problems sets. We will be utilizing and refining this methodology through our 360 Incubator.