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 and US and allied government audiences. His first book Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War is a collaborative novel written with Peter W. Singer. This near-future thriller about the next world war was published in 2015 by Eamon Dolan Books, a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint. He also edited the Atlantic Council science fiction collection, War Stories From the Future, published in November 2015. He is a former journalist who worked at The Wall Street Journal in Washington, where he covered the defense industry, and at MarketWatch.com in San Francisco and Chicago.