Indian American policy expert Vivek Chilukuri is joining the Center for New American Security (CNAS) as a senior fellow and director of the technology and national security program.
He has previously worked at the State Department as also on the Capitol Hill as a senior staffer in various roles for Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado), a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
“Job news: After 6+ years on the Hill, I’m pleased to share that I’ve started as a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at @CNASdc,” he posted on X. “I join a whipsmart team exploring what AI, quantum, biotech, & more mean for US security. Excited to dig in.”
In a statement, Richard Fontaine, CEO of CNAS said Chilukuri’s “impressive background as a trusted policy expert, both on Capitol Hill and in the State Department, will help advance the CNAS mission of developing bipartisan policies to sustain US technology leadership.”
Chilukuri’s staff positions under Bennet included senior policy advisor for technology and democracy, deputy chief of staff, legislative director, and chief speechwriter.
“During his tenure, he played an integral role in crafting legislation to strengthen America’s technology competitiveness, promote responsible governance for digital platforms and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, and expand access to high-speed broadband through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” according to his CNAS profile.
Chilukuri also served in the Department of State as a policy advisor to the under secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. Additionally, he worked as a program officer on the Middle East and North Africa team at the National Democratic Institute.
The CNAS Technology and National Security program explores the policy challenges associated with emerging technologies and seeks to provide cutting-edge research on topics such as artificial intelligence, technology strategy, biotechnology, defense technology, critical digital technology, and digital freedom, according to its website.
A key focus of the program is bringing together the technology and policy communities to better understand these challenges and together develop solutions, it says.