Launched in 2016 by political science professor Erik Gartzke, cPASS conducts research on new and emerging aspects of conflict such as cybersecurity, military automation, weapons of mass destruction, cross-domain deterrence, and big data. The grant will provide operational support for the center, including funding for postdoctoral fellows and researchers as well as public outreach. One focus area for the center, which will host conferences, workshops, and a series of academic talks designed to publicize its research, will be the viability of a grand strategy of restraint and the use of deterrence to keep America safe.
"We're excited about UC San Diego and its scholars' work to better understand emerging issues in security studies and their implications for U.S. foreign policy," said William Ruger, the Koch Foundation's vice president for research. "Scientific research can contribute to a healthy exchange of ideas, challenging the status quo and leading to innovative, realistic approaches that make America safe."