Global Security Initiative

Wicked problems. Novel approaches. Impactful responses.

The Global Security Initiative (GSI) produces mission-relevant approaches and decision support tools to address some of the world’s most vexing and complicated security challenges.


As Arizona State University’s hub for global security research, we leverage the world-class expertise of ASU faculty and GSI’s connections with the global defense, security, development and diplomacy communities to take new approaches toward the world’s wicked problems.


The results are tools, technologies and systems that are impactful, timely and useful to policymakers and implementers.


$27 million+

in research expenditures in FY 2019


More than 150

affiliated faculty representing over 12 college-level units



in the nation for DARPA young faculty awards

Recent news and events

KE Phishing Graphic

Anything connected to the internet is vulnerable to hacking. That includes hospital equipment, and that is of special concern as hospitals deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Arizona PBS talked about those concerns with Nadya Bliss, Executive Director of GSI.

GSI Exectutive Director Nadya Bliss joins ASU researchers to provide a few quick tips to protect yourself from fake or misleading news during this time.

Nadya Bliss, executive director of GSI joined Mark Brodie on KJZZ to talk about misinformation related to the outbreak and how to differentiate between fact and fiction.

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Mission support

GSI focuses on long-term security needs rather than short-term funding opportunities. Financial support for GSI’s efforts to address these long-term security needs are provided by government, industry and private foundations.


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Annual report

Download our annual report for a sampling of our activities and accomplishments from the last year and learn how we’re continuing to advance security and defense research at ASU.

2019 report 2018 report 2017 report