Dan Ward

Cybersecurity Fellow

Lieutenant Colonel Dan Ward (USAF, ret) is the author of F.I.R.E.: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation (Harper Business, 2014) and The Simplicity Cycle: A Field Guide To Making Things Better Without Making Them Worse (Harper Business, 2015). He recently launched a consultancy to help clients reduce the cost, time, and complexity associated with innovation. Previously Dan served as an Air Force acquisition officer for more than 20 years, where he specialized in leading high-speed, low-cost technology development programs and helped establish the Air Force Research Laboratory’s rapid innovation process. He has been featured in publications from the White House, the US Senate, and the British Parliament. His own writing has appeared in outlets such as Forbes, The Boston Globe, Armed Forces Journal, Time Magazine’s Battleland Blog, the Pakistani Army’s magazine, Hilal, and the British Army Yearbook. Dan holds three engineering degrees and received the Bronze Star Medal for his service at NATO Headquarters in Afghanistan.

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CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE
Professor Cy Burr’s Graphic Guide to International Cyber Norms

An illustrated guide to international cybersecurity norms.


CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE
The Graphic Guide to Cybersecurity and Simplicity

A clever comic by cybersecurity fellow Dan Ward illustrates the tendency to overcomplicate security, when a simple solution would suffice.


CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE
Cybersecurity Initiative Fellow Dan Ward Testimony to US Senate Committe on Armed Services

Watch video of the testimony here.


CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE and NEW AMERICA
Acquisition Reform: Next Steps

Cybersecurity Initiative Fellow Dan Ward testified in front of the Senate Committee on Armed Services.


CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE and NEW AMERICA
In F-35 Debate, Air Force Leaders Love to Bully Critics

Shortly before I retired from active duty at a small Air Force base outside of Boston, I received a cryptic voice mail from an unfamiliar co


CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE
Why we pursue complexity and when we should embrace it

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CYBERSECURITY INITIATIVE
What the F-35 v F-16 Dogfight Really Means: Think Pilots

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It's Time to Simplify Defense Acquisitions

Dan Ward, author of the new book The Simplicity Cycle, explains how making things simpler at the Pentagon will make our country's defenses m