Most Strategic Tech: Where is the US and China in the tech competition?

Exclusive event on the global techno-economic competition and the role of AI and emerging technologies in this competition.

About

The Innovation Centre Kosovo is delighted to host a special event with our esteemed guests from the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP), led by Mr. Ylli Bajraktari. We welcome Kosovo’s young tech entrepreneurs to join us at this special event. Over the course of the hour, registered participants will have the opportunity to hear from President and CEO of SCSP, Mr. Ylli Bajraktari, Senior Advisor, Dr. PJ Maykish, and Senior Director for Foreign Policy, Mr. Joe Wang. Remarks from SCSP will focus on the global techno-economic competition and the role of AI and emerging technologies in this competition. Speakers will share key technologies where the U.S. is leading and key technologies where China is leading. Participants will also learn what it means for the world if China dominates the global tech competition, and why it is critical for the United States, alongside allies and partners, to win this competition.

Following remarks and presentations from our guests, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions. The event will end with a 15 minute networking period.

This event is not open to media or members of the press.

About SCSP:

Led by Mr. Ylli Bajraktari, SCSP, is a bipartisan tech centered national security project. It is a 3-year initiative, founded by both Dr. Eric Schmidt and Mr. Ylli Bajraktari, and makes recommendations to strengthen the United States competitive edge, alongside its allies and partners, on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies. SCSP aims to ensure that America is positioned and organized, in coordination with its allies and partners, to win the techno-economic competition between now and 2030, the critical window for shaping the future. SCSP is inspired by the Rockefeller Special Studies Project (SSP), launched in 1956 by Nelson Rockefeller and led by Dr. Henry Kissinger. In the midst of the Cold War, the SSP brought together some of the United States’s leading thinkers to study the major problems and opportunities confronting the nation, restore a strong bipartisan national security strategy, and renew American leadership. The legacy of the Rockefeller Special Studies Project shaped the Eisenhower administration’s policies and both parties’ 1960 presidential campaigns. SCSP also builds on the work of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), which concluded its congressionally-mandated work in October 2021. NSCAI made recommendations to the President of the United States and Congress to “advance the development of artificial intelligence, machine learning and associated technologies to comprehensively address the national security and defense needs of the United States.” SCSP’s work is divided into six panels: Foreign Policy, Intelligence, Defense, Economy, Society, and Future Technology Platforms. SCSP’s panels work to identify opportunities for the United States to renew its national competitiveness, recharge its historic optimism, and rally fellow democracies by defining major problems, clarifying the nation’s purpose, and developing frameworks for action.

Bios of SCSP guests and speakers:

Ylli Bajraktari is the President and CEO of the Special Competitive Studies Project. Prior to launching SCSP, Ylli served as the Executive Director of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. Prior to joining NSCAI, he served as Chief of Staff to the National Security Advisor LTG H.R. McMaster held a variety of leadership roles for former Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, and served as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Dempsey. Originally joining the Department of Defense in 2010, he served in the Office of the Undersecretary for Policy as a country director for Afghanistan, and later India. Mr. Bajraktari is the recipient of the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Medal – the highest award given to career DoD civilian employees. Ylli earned his undergraduate degree from the George Washington University and holds a masters from the Harvard University.

Dr. PJ Maykish serves the Special Competitive Studies Project as a Senior Advisor. Prior to the SCSP, PJ was the Director for Technology Competition at the National Security Council. He directed classified research for the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence from 2019-2021. PJ developed “Third Offset” technology solutions for DoD deterrence credibility issues in the Strategy Office for the Secretary of Defense (OSD-P/SFD) from 2015-2017 and has 24 years of experience in military operations including Commander of U.S. Central Command’s Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) from 2017-2019.

Joe Wang serves the Special Competitive Studies Project as Senior Director for Foreign Policy. Prior to SCSP, he was a Senior Advisor at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) and had previously served on the National Security Council staff as Director for Russia and as Deputy Senior Director for Europe and Russia. At the U.S. Department of State, Joe has also served as Senior Advisor to the Coordinator for Sanctions Policy, Special Assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, and other positions in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kyrgyzstan and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Economics and Psychology, and from Georgetown University with a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS).

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