The Center for Advanced Defense Studies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization that employs academics, national security operators, and local experts from existing and emerging conflict zones around the world. It works to address evolving and nontraditional security challenges. The Center describes and predicts the security implications of human behavior and intent. Its work focuses on understanding the drivers of global conflict and instability through research, education, and implementation programs. The goal is to understand and explain the impact of both traditional cultural systems and emerging technologies on conflict environments, joining observation and data to generate new knowledge and insight.