Stephen P. Rodriguez

Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Stephen P. Rodriguez is a senior fellow with New America’s International Security program and the founder of One Defense, an agile network of market leading, non-traditional technology companies, venture capital firms, and research universities dedicated to scouting advanced software and hardware applications and enabling their transition into the Department of Defense (DOD). Rodriguez began his career at Booz Allen Hamilton shortly before 9/11, supporting their national security practice. In his capacity as an expert on game theoretic applications, he supported the United States Intelligence Community and DOD as the lead wargame architect for the Thor’s Hammer, Schriever II/III, and Cyber Storm exercises. He subsequently was a vice president at a venture-backed political risk company (Sentia Group) and served as chief marketing officer for a mid-size international defense corporation (NCL Holdings). Upon moving to New York, he launched One Defense that has supported the growth of more than 30 venture-backed startups as well as the above-market portfolio performance of Scout Ventures, Archangel, Manhattan Venture Partners, and Abundance Partners.

Rodriguez serves on the board of CENSA, ClearChat,, WarOnTheRocks, Public Spend Forum, GraySpace, and Training Leaders International. He is also a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations where he also serves on the term member advisory council and acts as the President of the Foreign Policy Initiative’s Leadership Council. He received his B.B.A degree from Texas A&M University and an M.A. degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He has published numerous articles on innovation in the Department of Defense and his graduate thesis on conflict resolution in the Caucasus resulted in an invitation to join Secretary Robert Gates' transition team in late 2006. Rodriguez resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Laura, a venture capitalist with Bulldog Innovation Group and their children, Fletcher and Violet.

All Work

Lessons for the Navy from SpaceX and the Commercial Sector

Stephen Rodriguez co-wrote in the National Review about how public-private partnerships can bolster technological R&D.

America’s Military Is Choking on Old Technology

Stephen P. Rodriguez co-wrote an article in Foreign Policy about the rate of adoption and integration of new technologies in the military.

Eisenhower Meets Trump: A New Defense Industrial Base Strategy

Stephen Rodriguez wrote an article for War On the Rocks regarding President Trump's stance on industrial base strategy

America Needs a New ‘Dreadnought Strategy’

Stephen Rodriguez co-wrote an article for Foreign Policy regarding America's need to adapt their military R&D strategy