Dr Michael Raska is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Military Transformations Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His research interests focus on defence and military innovation, particularly how key nation-states strive to maintain or prolong margins of military-technological superiority through defence innovation; the effects of emerging technologies such as AI on force planning and future warfighting concepts; and open source-based intelligence assessments on emerging threats such as next-generation hybrid conflicts and digital warfare.
He is the author of Military Innovation and Small States: Creating Reverse Asymmetry (Routledge, 2016), co-editor of the AI Wave in Defence Innovation: Assessing Military AI Strategies, Capabilities, and Trajectories (Routledge, 2023); Defence Innovation and the 4th Industrial Revolution: Security Challenges, Emerging Technologies, and Military Implications (Routledge, 2022), and Security, Strategy and Military Change in the 21st Century Cross-Regional Perspectives (Routledge, 2015). He has published in journals such as the Journal of Strategic Studies, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Prism – Journal of Complex Operations, Air Force Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs, Korea Journal of Defense Analysis, Pointer-Journal of Singapore Armed Forces, and Sirius – Journal of Strategic Analyses.
His academic contributions also include chapters in edited volumes in cooperation with the Norwegian Institute of Defence Studies; European Union Institute for Security Studies; Center for New American Security; Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation at the University of California San Diego; Strategic Studies Institute at the US Army War College; Swedish Defence University; National Institute for Defense Studies Japan, Defense AI Observatory at the at the Helmut Schmidt University of the Bundeswehr, Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. His commentaries and op-eds have been published by the Defense News, The Diplomat, East Asia Forum, The National Interest, Lowy Interpreter, ASPI Strategist, Asia Times, RUSI Newsbrief, RSIS Commentaries, and newspapers including the Straits Times, Korea Herald, The Statesman, and others.
Dr Raska has previously taught courses and seminars at the SAF Goh Keng Swee Command and Staff College and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His recent teaching experiences include visiting fellowships at the Australian Defence College, and invited lectures, seminars, and briefings for select professional military education institutions and defence colleges in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. In Singapore, he has contributed research and teaching for the Ministry of Defence, the Singapore Armed Forces, the Defence Science and Technology Agency, and the Digital and Intelligence Service.
He is an alumni of the Columbia / Cornell University Summer Workshop on Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS 2012), the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Workshop at Basin Harbor (2013), the Hertog Summer Study Program (2014), and the Young Strategists Forum (2017). He holds a Ph.D. from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, where he was a recipient of the President’s Graduate Fellowship.