August Cole

🇺🇸  Boston

August Cole is an author and analyst exploring the future of conflict. He is a nonresident senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council where he directs The Art of the Future Project, which explores narrative fiction and visual media for insight into the future of conflict. He is also writer-in-residence at Avascent, an independent strategy and management consulting firm focused on government-oriented industries. He is a regular speaker to private sector, academic, military, and government audiences. His first book Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War is a collaborative novel written with Peter W. Singer about the future of great power war. He also edited the Atlantic Council science fiction collection, War Stories from the Future. He regularly writes short stories focused on the human elements of conflict amid emergent and disruptive technologies. From 2007 to 2010, August 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 is also a former editor and reporter at, where he wrote about industries ranging from the Internet economy to airlines and autos to the defense sector. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Public Administration degree (Mid-Career MPA program) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.