Lieutenant General John (Jack) N.T. Shanahan, United States Air Force, Retired, retired in 2020 after a 36-year military career. In his final assignment he served as the inaugural Director of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Joint Artificial Center (JAIC). Jack served in a variety of operational and staff positions in various fields including flying, intelligence, policy, and command and control. He commanded at the squadron, group, wing, Agency, and Numbered Air Force levels. As the first Director of the Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team (Project Maven), Jack established and led DoD’s pathfinder AI fielding program charged with bringing AI capabilities to intelligence collection and analysis. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP), and is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Jack is a 2022 graduate of the North Carolina State University Master of International Studies program.
Recent Events and Presentations
Why the Bipartisan Innovation Act is Crucial for U.S. National Security
ITIF hosted a discussion on why prompt passage of the BIA during the summer of 2022 is vital for U.S. national security.