Episode 3: Fiction and Future Wars

August Cole, best-selling author of Ghost Fleet, highlights the value of science fiction for military leaders.

In this episode of RUSI Journal Radio, hosts Demi, Emma and Ed are joined by August Cole in a discussion on science fiction, future warfare and national security.

August 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 Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. He also leads the Strategy team for the Warring with Machines AI ethics project at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo.

He is the co-author, with Peter W Singer, of the best-selling Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War (2015) and Burn In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution (2020).

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