Announcing the launch of the nation's first Master of Anticipatory Intelligence (MAI)

Announcing the Master of Anticipatory Intelligence (MAI) 

The Master of Anticipatory Intelligence is a nationally pathbreaking professional degree program that uniquely prepares students from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), social science, and other disciplinary backgrounds to anticipate and successfully navigate complex emergent security challenges across a wide range of fields and industries. The MAI is the nation’s first graduate degree in the field of Anticipatory Intelligence, responding to a significant upswell in labor market demand across the US public and private sectors for security-focused graduates and professionals from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds who possess advanced training in both hard and soft skills of security thinking, structured toolkits for system-level threat assessment and resilience design, and sophistication in interdisciplinary analysis and synthesis regarding complex and emergent security issues affecting their professional fields. Read the Utah State Today article and learn more about the MAI curriculum, coursework, and application process on the program page. 

Rolling applications are now being considered for all Anticipatory Intelligence programs. Visit the program pages below for details and application information.


Utah State University's Center for Anticipatory Intelligence is leading an evolution in university education and security thinking. CAI has led the pioneering effort in the US to establish the academic field of Anticipatory Intelligence: a multidomain approach to anticipating threats and opportunities emerging from the world’s increasingly complex security environment, oriented around the goal of reducing uncertainty and designing resilience across future scenarios. CAI's curriculum combines top-tier collaborative expertise in engineering, data science, life sciences, mathematics, ethics and philosophy, national security studies, geopolitics, and behavioral sciences to cross-train students and professionals with the skills and analytic sophistication necessary to anticipate and confront the complex, transformative, and existential challenges of the twenty-first century. 

As the laboratory school for Anticipatory Intelligence, CAI moves far beyond the siloed approach to university education that remains common. By tapping the problem-solving power of cross-disciplinary teams, CAI courses equip current and rising decisionmakers with the multidisciplinary perspective necessary to better anticipate unprecedented threats and unintended consequences coming quickly from converging trends in and beyond the cyber, data science, biotechnology, climate change, geopolitical, and social realms. A sharply improved ability to grasp the forces shaping complex emergent security issues empowers decisionmakers with perhaps the most important asset of all: improved skill in designing strategies of resilience that capitalize on strengths and opportunities in this complex landscape while successfully mitigating critical risks. 

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

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Four Battlegrounds: Power in the Age of Artificial Intelligence An award-winning defense expert tells the story of today’s great power rivalry―the struggle to control artificial intelligence. A new industrial revolution has begun. Like mechanization or electricity before it, artificial intelligence will touch every aspect of our lives―and cause profound disruptions in the balance of global power, especially among the AI superpowers: China, the United States, and Europe... Four Battlegrounds argues that four key elements define this struggle: data, computing power, talent, and institutions. Data is a vital resource like coal or oil, but it must be collected and refined. Advanced computer chips are the essence of computing power―control over chip supply chains grants leverage over rivals. Talent is about people: which country attracts the best researchers and most advanced technology companies? The fourth “battlefield” is maybe the most critical: the ultimate global leader in AI will have institutions that effectively incorporate AI into their economy, society, and especially their military.

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What is Anticipatory Intelligence?

Anticipatory Intelligence is a multidomain approach to anticipating threats and opportunities emerging from the world's increasingly complex security environment. The goal of anticipatory intelligence is to reduce uncertainty and design resilience across future scenarios.