Brad Boyd

Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

Brad Boyd is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Boyd’s research interests focus on the integration of emerging technology into warfare and national security. Boyd is particularly interested in the rise of automation and autonomy in military systems, to include decision making, planning, information operations, enterprise operations, and weaponry. Boyd also looks at the way US, Chinese, and Russian military integration of emerging technology affects military, economic, and social stability.

Prior to joining Hoover, Boyd served as a defense and foreign policy advisor to Senator Angus King and as Senator King’s representative to the Cyberspace Solarium Commission. Boyd also served as the director of AI-enabled warfighting capability development at the US Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center and as the director of General Mark A. Milley’s coordination group.

Boyd was a senior military fellow at Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and a Seminar XXI Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Boyd is a former US Army and US Marines officer with operational experience throughout the Indo-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia.

Boyd has a master’s in international politics from Cambridge, a BA in anthropology from the University of California–Irvine, and a master’s in cyber strategy from the US Army’s Command and General Staff College. He also is a terrible musician and might be seen driving his 1969 Chevelle to his part-time winery job in Calistoga.

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