Utah State University's Center for Anticipatory Intelligence represents a groundbreaking approach to university education and security thinking. 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 academic programs and professional training 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—CAI programs equip 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 prepares decisionmakers with perhaps the most important advantage of all: improved skill in designing strategies of resilience able to capitalize on strengths and opportunities in this complex landscape while also mitigating geopolitical, national, commercial, and even personal risks.

Student Research

CAI students comprise undergraduates, graduates, and professionals representing more than 35 disciplines across the STEM fields and social sciences––including all eight USU colleges and Utah's key industries and public sector. Fusing native disciplinary expertise with interdisciplinary cross-training, CAI students investigate a wide range of topics on emergent security issues. Meet our students and explore our hub of standout student research.

Get to Know Us

Explore CAI through our events and coverage! Watch former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis' January 2020 convocation at CAI; listen to CAI faculty and students discuss the Covid-19 pandemic with UPR's Tom Williams on Access Utah; read the College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Liberalis magazine profile on CAI; and dive into spotlighted research on deepfake technology by CAI professional Eric Warren in Utah State Magazine. Get a sense for the vision and community driving CAI by learning about our mission and meeting our leadership team.

What We're Reading This Month

The Hacker and the State book cover

The Hacker and the State (Buchanan)

Amazon.com: Ever since WarGames, we have been bracing for the cyberwar to come, conjuring images of exploding power plants and mass panic. But while cyber attacks are now disturbingly common, they don’t look anything like we thought they would. Packed with insider information based on interviews, declassified files, and forensic analysis of company reports, The Hacker and the State sets aside fantasies of cyber-annihilation to explore the real geopolitical competition of the digital age. Tracing the conflict of wills and interests among modern nations, Ben Buchanan reveals little-known details of how China, Russia, North Korea, Britain, and the United States hack one another in a relentless struggle for dominance. His analysis moves deftly from underseas cable taps to underground nuclear sabotage, from blackouts and data breaches to billion-dollar heists and election interference. Buchanan brings to life this continuous cycle of espionage and deception, attack and counterattack, destabilization and retaliation. He explains why cyber attacks are far less destructive than we anticipated, far more pervasive, and much harder to prevent.