GIS Guest Expert Klon Kitchen is the director of the Center for Technology Policy and the senior fellow for science, technology and national security at the Heritage Foundation. In these roles, he steers an enterprise-wide, interdisciplinary effort to provide the best insight and recommendations on the U.S.’s most important technology issues.
Mr. Kitchen’s personal research focuses on the intersection of technology and national security, with particular interest in artificial intelligence, autonomous weapons systems, space, and intelligence issues. He is also a frequent commentator on privacy issues, social media, and the tech industry in general.
Mr. Kitchen gives talks around the world on topics related to technology and national security, international cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and social media. He is also a frequent contributor on television, radio, podcasts, and other media.
Prior to joining Heritage, he was a national security advisor to Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska and also the staff director of the National Security and International Trade and Finance Subcommittee for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.
Before his time on the Hill, Mr. Kitchen spent more than 15 years in the United States intelligence community working on counterterrorism, counterproliferation, covert action, and cyber issues. During this time he deployed to multiple combat zones and was awarded a number of honors, including the civilian combat support medal, the civilian expeditionary medal, and a special commendation from the Commander of Joint Special Operations Command.