About the Author

Lindsey Sheppard is a fellow with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she focuses on the nexus of emerging technologies and national security for the United States and allied and partner nations. Her research areas include artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous systems, defense innovation policy, and technology ecosystems. Ms. Sheppard contributes expertise in computational modeling and simulation, system architecture and design, and GPS-denied operations from her prior experience in defense research and development. Before joining CSIS in March 2018, she was a member of the technical staffs at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and the Georgia Tech Research Institute. During this time, she was the programmatic and technical systems engineering lead on various software development projects. Ms. Sheppard’s work supported U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army procurement and technology development efforts to support operations in contested environments. She holds an M.S. and a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Left of Launch: Artificial Intelligence at the Nuclear Nexus

The areas of AI application into the nuclear enterprise are far left of an operational decision or decision to launch and include four priority sectors: (1) security and defense; (2) intelligence activities and indications and warning; (3) modeling and simulation, optimization, and data analytics; and (4) logistics and maintenance.