Jim Mattis Convocation
Utah State University and the Center for Anticipatory Intelligence were pleased to host former Secretary of Defense and US Marine Corps General Jim Mattis for a public convocation talk on the USU campus on 21 January 2020: "US Leadership on the World Stage: Getting it Right and Healing Rifts at Home." A recording of Secretary Mattis' public convocation talk is provided below.
Utah State University's Center for Anticipatory Intelligence represents a groundbreaking approach to university education. The CAI combines top-tier expertise in engineering, data science, bioengineering, mathematics, ethics and philosophy, national security studies, geopolitics, and behavioral sciences to cross-train university students as well as government and business professionals with the skills and analytic sophistication necessary to anticipate and confront the complex, transformative, and existential challenges of the 21st century.
CAI programs move well beyond the siloed approach to university education that still remains common. By tapping the problem-solving power of cross-disciplinary teams—the only means of staying atop today's technology and other key developments—the CAI arms current and rising decisionmakers with the multidisciplinary perspective necessary to better anticipate the unprecedented threats and unintended consequences coming quickly from converging trends in the cyber, data-science, biotechnology, climate-change, knowledge access, geopolitics, and social realms. A sharply improved ability to see and understand the trends shaping tomorrow will help these decisionmakers with perhaps the most important advantage of all: improved skill in designing strategies of resilience able to capitalize on opportunities in this complex landscape while also mitigating geopolitical, national, commercial, and even personal risks.