August Cole

Research Associate

Background

August Cole is an author exploring the future of conflict through fiction and other forms of "FICINT" (fiction+intelligence) storytelling. With Peter W. Singer, he co-authored of "Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War" (2015) and "Burn In: A Novel of the Real Robot Revolution" (2020). He is a non-resident fellow at the Brute Krulak Center for Innovation and Creativity at Marine Corps University and a non-resident senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council; he directed the Council's Art of Future Warfare Project from its inception in 2014 through 2017. A former defense industry reporter for The Wall Street Journal, he consults on creative futures at SparkCognition, an AI company.  Designated a "Mad Scientist" by the US Army Mad Scientist program, August's fiction and essays on conflict and technology have been featured in RUSI Journal, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, US Naval Institute Proceedings, War On The Rocks, DefenseOne, TechCrunch, US Army Mad Scientist blog, Modern War Institute at West Point, among other publications. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997 and a Master in Public Administration degree (Mid-Career MPA program) in 2007 from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Cole will work with Greg Reichberg and George Lucas on military strategy in AI and stakeholder relations.