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August Cole


August Cole works on creative foresight at SparkCognition. He is a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security and the co-author of "Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War."

A New Industrial Base Is Taking Shape. Call It the Military-AI Complex.

The most essential Pentagon suppliers will be the ones that master robotics and artificial intelligence.


Putin Says Russia’s New Weapons Can’t Be Beat. With AI and Robotics, They Can.

Instead of single interceptors rising to meet an enemy missile, think about swarms of sub-launched UAVs armed with explosives, sensors, and brains.


How Should We Treat Our Military Robots?

Increasingly human-like automated weapons demand an honest accounting of our emotional responses to them.


Three Ways to Judge the Pentagon’s Tech-Sector Outreach

Hint: it’s not about how many zeroes are on the first checks.


Why The Pentagon Must Not Lose The Innovation Arms Race

If the defense establishment wants to be at the forefront of the 21st century’s strategic technologies, there is no time to waste.