Elsa B Kania is an Adjunct Fellow with the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, where she focuses on Chinese defence innovation and emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence. Her research interests include Chinese military modernisation, information warfare, and defence science and technology.
She is an independent analyst, consultant, and co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute (CCISI) which seeks to become the premier venue for analysis and insights on China’s use of cyber and intelligence capabilities as instruments of national power. Kania has testified before the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Chinese advances in unmanned and autonomous systems. Her prior professional experience includes working at the Department of Defense, the Long Term Strategy Group, FireEye Inc. and the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. She is a graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), where her thesis on the evolution of the PLA’s strategic thinking on information warfare was awarded the James Gordon Bennett Prize.