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Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Cole Quoted in Wired on Tracing ISIS’ Weapons Supply Chain Back to the US

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In the News by August Cole

Fri, May 19, 2017

Too secret a secret weapon?

The secrecy around the USAF’s B-21 brings military value, but some ill-understood costs. The Defense Department’s Inspector General (DoD IG) has opened an investigation, at the behest of the Congress into whether the Air Force has imposed excessive secrecy. At this point, we should hope for a methodologically broad inquiry. For if the DoD IG focuses just on whether regulations were broken, then the government will not get the answers it needs.

Defense Industrialist by James Hasik

Defense Industry Security & Defense

Sun, Dec 25, 2016

Cole Quoted by Politico on Role of Technology in US Warfare

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Art of Future Warfare by August Cole

Intelligence National Security

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, 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.