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Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Cole’s “Ghost Fleet” featured in Task & Purpose’s list of military movie ideas

On January 11, Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow August Cole was featured in an article in Task & Purpose on new ideas for military movies.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Media Security & Defense

Sun, Jan 10, 2021

Cole’s “Burn In” named to best sci-fi of 2020 list by Polyon

Polygon, a video game publication, named Burn In, co-authored by Forward Defense non-resident senior fellow August Cole, to its top sci-fi and fantasy books of 2020. Burn In is a thriller at the intersection of robotics, artificial intelligence, and security.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Defense Technologies Drones

Wed, Dec 16, 2020

CBS produces drama ‘Burn In’ based on Cole’s novel

On December 15, CBS Studios put into development Burn In, an AI drama based on Burn In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution by Forward Defense nonresident senior fellow August Cole and P.W. Singer.

In the News by Atlantic Council

Non-Traditional Threats Technology & Innovation

August Cole is a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He is the director of the Art of Future War project, which explores narrative fiction and visual media for insight into the future of conflict.

His fiction writing tackles themes at the core of American foreign policy and national security in the twenty-first century, including the privatization of military and intelligence operations and the future of American power in the Pacific.

He is also writer-in-residence at Avascent, an independent strategy and management-consulting firm focused on the defense and aerospace sectors.

From 2007 to 2010, Cole reported on the defense industry for the Wall Street Journal. From Washington, he covered companies ranging from Boeing to Blackwater, as well as broader defense policy and political matters. He helped break many major national security stories, including foreign cyber spies hacking into the US Joint Strike Fighter program, major defense contractors doing “Smart Power” development work in Africa, US sales of F-16 fighters to Iraq, and a Blackwater civilian shooting incident in Afghanistan. He has discussed his reporting on CNBC, The John Batchelor Show, PRI’s The World, To the Point, and NPR’s Day to Day.

From 1998 to 2006, Cole worked as an editor and reporter for MarketWatch.com, a pioneering financial news website, where he covered defense issues, including private military contractors. He also has extensive experience writing about the automotive and airline industries, as well as the Internet economy. Cole was named to the Journal of Financial Reporting‘s Top 30 Journalists under 30 in 2002 and 2003.

He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Cole is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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