a16z Podcast

a16z Podcast: What’s Next for Technology and National Security?

Michèle Flournoy, Marc Andreessen, and Matt Spence

Posted November 9, 2016

We live in very interesting times, to say the least — whether it’s a shift in how technology is built and adopted today compared to the past; a changing international landscape with leapfrogging players; or an increased cyberattack surface as computing and networking touch everything.

So what’s next for technology and national security? This episode of the a16z Podcast is based on a conversation that took place last month between Marc Andreessen and Michèle Flournoy — former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and co-founder of the Center for a New American Security — moderated by Matt Spence, partner on the a16z Policy and Regulatory Affairs team (and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense). It covers everything from technology procurement and the tyranny of the inbox, to the politics of industrial policy and ethics debates around use-cases for new technologies.

But… do we really want innovation, not just in the abstract but in the specifics? If so, how do we think about the future? And how can both policymakers and technologists work together in different ways to help the U.S. keep its competitive edge and “give the future a seat at the table”?