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Peter W. Singer      

Technology & Cyber Security Futurist

Peter Warren Singer is Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution. He is the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings's 90-year history. In 2005, CNN named him to their "New Guard" List of the Next Generation of Newsmakers. Singer has also been recognized by the Financial Times as "Guru of the Week" for the thinker who most influenced the world that week and by Slate Magazine for "Quote of the Day."

In his personal capacity, Singer served as coordinator of the Obama-08 campaign’s defense policy task force. In 2009, Singer was named by Foreign Policy Magazine to the Top 100 Global Thinkers List, of the people whose ideas most influenced the world that year.

Dr. Singer is considered one of the world's leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare. He was named by the President to Joint Forces Command's Transformation Advisory Group. He has written for the full range of major media and journals, including the Boston Globe, L.A. Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Current History, Survival, International Security, Parameters, Weltpolitik, and the World Policy Journal.

He has been quoted in every major U.S. newspaper and news magazine and delivered talks at venues ranging from the U.S. Congress to over 40 universities around the world. He has provided commentary on military affairs for nearly every major TV and radio outlet, including ABC-Nightline, Al Jazeera, BBC, CBS-60 Minutes, CNN, FOX, NPR, and the NBC Today Show. He is also a founder and organizer of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a global conference that brings together leaders from across the US and the Muslim world.

Dr. Singer’s most recent book, Wired for War (Penguin, 2009), looks at the implications of robotics and other new technologies for war, politics, ethics, and law in the 21st century. Described as: “An exhaustively researched book, enlivened by examples from popular culture" by the Associated Press and “awesome” by Jon Stewart of the "Daily Show," Wired for War made the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list in its first week of release. It was named a non-fiction Book of the Year by The Financial Times. It has already been featured in the video game "Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriot," the CBS "Late Late Show,” as well as in over 75 presentations at venues as diverse as all three US military academies, the US Congress, the National Student Leadership Conference, and the royal court of the United Arab Emirates. The book is also been made an official reading with organizations that range from National Defense University, US Air Force, US Navy, to the Royal Australian Navy.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Singer was the founding Director of the Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World in the Saban Center at Brookings. He has also worked for the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, the Balkans Task Force in the U.S. Department of Defense, and the International Peace Academy. Singer received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Speech Topics


Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know.

A New York Times bestselling author and noted expert on technology and war explores the key question and issues of a problem that has too long been left to the “IT Crowd.” Cyber issues now affect us all, whether you are in business, politics, military, law, or simply as a citizen or parent, and we had better understand them. Filled with engaging stories and illustrative anecdotes, his work is structured around the key question areas of cyberspace and its security: how it all works, why it all matters, and what can we do?

Wired for War: Everything you ever wanted to know about Robots, but were Afraid to Ask...

Wired for War: Everything you ever wanted to know about Robots, but were Afraid to Ask...Afraid to Ask...The U.S. has gone from using a handful of robots to now having more than 7,000 “drones” in the air and 12,000 unmanned vehicles on the ground. And this is only the start, with robotic technology going global (to over 50 countries) and moving into the business world. The author of the best-selling book Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century explores the political, military, business, and ethical implications of one of the biggest changes in the history of technology.

Five Trends to Shape the Future of War, Politics, and Beyond.

A best-selling author and renowned futurist explores the key trends that will shape the politics and battles of tomorrow, from new game changing technologies to the attitudes and values that the Millennial youth of today will bring into the ballot box, the boardroom, and the battlefield.

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