Justin Lynch


Part-time Faculty


Justin Lynch teaches artificial intelligence and international security. Outside of GWU, his work in industry and as a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council focuses on the impact of technology on conflict and competition, and how militaries can adapt their strategies and operational concepts.

Prior to his current role, Justin served as the senior director for defense at the Special Competitive Studies Project, as a policy advisor for artificial intelligence at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, as a director of research and analysis at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and as staff on the US House Armed Services Committee. He also served in the US Army for fifteen years, nine of which were on active duty and six of which were in the North Carolina National Guard.


Artificial intelligence, military operations, international security, quantum computing

Artificial intelligence and conflict, drone warfare, urban warfare

Justin holds an MA in government from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in history from the US Military Academy.

Artificial intelligence and international security

Justin Lynch and Jung-Ju Lee. Offset-X: Now is the time for the Pentagon to change how it approaches technology. Breaking Defense. June 16, 2023.


Justin Lynch and Emma Morrison. Deterrence Through AI-Enabled Detection and Attribution. The Kissinger Center Papers. July 2023.


Justin Lynch, et. al. Offset-X: Closing the Deterrence Gap and Building the Future Joint Force. Special Competitive Studies Project. May 2023.


Justin Lynch and Luke Vannurden. Offset-X: The Future of Conflict and the New Requirements of Defense. 2-2-2. October 18, 2022.


Justin Lynch, et. al. The Future of Conflict and the New Requirements of Defense. Special Competitive Studies Project. October 2022.


Justin Lynch and Emma Morrison. Human-Machine Teaming in Warfare. 2-2-2. June 30, 2022. The War We Dread. War on the Rocks. March 1, 2022.


Your Laptop Does More Than PowerPoint: Computational Thinking and Changing the Military’s Mindset. Modern War Institute. November 1, 2021.


Accelerating Adaptation on the Western Front and Today. Joint Force Quarterly. March 31, 2021.


Raina Davis and Justin Lynch. Reforming DoD: Steps to Avoid Failure and Make Lasting Change. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. March 4, 2021.


Dr. Laura Junor Pulzone and Justin Lynch. Intellectual Overmatch Is Impossible If We Teach Only Half the Team: A Call for Professional Civilian Education. Strategic Insights. February 4, 2021.


Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths, Justin Lynch. How to Build a Well-Rounded AI Workforce. National Defense. October 21, 2020.


Yet Another Article about Information Technology and the Character of War. War on the Rocks. September 2, 2020.


Mignon Clyburn, Justin Lynch. The Artificial Intelligence Investment the Government Must Make. The Hill. July 21, 2020.


Who is to Blame for the US Military’s Technology Problem? Modern War Institute. July 3, 2020.


The Chain Home Early Warning Radar System. Joint Force Quarterly. October 2019.


The Myth of American Military Dominance. War on the Rocks. August 15, 2019.


The Three Types of Organizational Learning. The Strategy Bridge. July 30, 2019.


Reviewing The Fighters. The Strategy Bridge. July 23, 2019.


When the Radios are Jammed, Fight Like Ants: Swarms of Soldiers on the Future Battlefield. Modern War Institute. February 26, 2019.


Justin Lynch, Lauren Fish. Soldier Swarm: New Ground Combat Tactics for the Era of Multi-Domain Battle, Modern War Institute, April 5, 2018.


What Do We Really Know About the Anbar Awakening, War on the Rocks, October 31, 2017.


Kristen Hajduk, Justin Lynch. Operational Planning as a State of Mind, Nor a Starting Point. CSIS Defense 360, May 26, 2017.