P. W. Singer

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P. W. Singer
Peter Warren Singer

1974 (age 45–46)
Alma mater
Known forCorporate Warriors, Children at War, Wired For War
Scientific career
FieldsPolitical Science, International Relations, Modern warfare

P. W. Singer (born Peter Warren Singer, 1974) is an American political scientist, an international relations scholar and a specialist on 21st century warfare. He is currently Strategist for the New America Foundation and a contributing editor for Popular Science.


Prior to his current position, Singer was Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he was Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence.[1] Prior to that, he was founding Director of the Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy 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 an A.B. from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

At age 29, Singer became the youngest scholar named a Senior Fellow in the 99-year history of the Brookings Institution. He is considered one of the world's leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare and has written for many of the world's major media and journals, including the Boston Globe, Los Angeles 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 and Pentagon to more than 70 universities around the world. Singer has been named to the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" list by Foreign Policy.[2] Defense News named him one of the 100 most influential people on defense issues [3] He also served on the advisory group for Joint Forces Command, helping the U.S. military visualize and plan for the future. In 2015, he was named by Onalytica analysis as one of the ten most influential voices on cybersecurity.[4]

Singer served as coordinator of the Defense Policy Task Force for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. In addition to his work on conflict issues, Singer is a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.[5]

Singer has provided commentary on military affairs for many of the major TV and radio outlet, including ABC News Nightline, Al Jazeera, BBC, CBS-60 Minutes, CNN, Fox, NPR, The Daily Show, 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 United States and the Muslim world.[6][7]

Singer has also worked with a variety of entertainment world projects, with Warner Brothers, DreamWorks, Universal including the movies Traitor, and Whistleblower, the TV series Strike Back and Curiosity, as well as the 24: Redemption movie/DVD, broadcast in 2008. Singer served as consultant on the bestselling game series Call of Duty.[8] In the entertainment sector, he has received awards/support from the Tribeca Film Institute, Sloan Filmmakers Fund, Film Independent, and FAST Track at the L.A. Film Festival.


Corporate Warriors[edit]

His first book Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry (Cornell University Press, 2003, ISBN 0801441145) was the first to explore the new industry of private companies providing military services for hire, an issue that soon became important with the use and abuse of these companies in Iraq.[9] The book was named best book of the year by the American Political Science Association, among the top five international affairs books of the year by the Gelber Prize,[10] and a "top ten summer read" by Businessweek. It is now in the assigned texts at venues ranging from Yale Law School to the Army War College.

Children at War[edit]

Singer's next book, Children at War (Pantheon, 2005, ISBN 0375423494), explored the rise of another new force in modern warfare, child soldier groups. Singer's "fascinating" (New York Post) and "landmark" (Newsweek) work was the first book to comprehensively explore the compelling and tragic rise of child soldier groups and was recognized by the 2006 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book of the Year Award. His commentary on the issue was featured in a variety of venues ranging from National Public Radio and Fox News to Defense News and People magazine. Singer has served as a consultant on the issue to the U.S. Marine Corps and Congress, and the recommendations in his book resulted in changes in the UN peacekeeping training program. An accompanying A&E/History Channel documentary entitled Child Warriors was broadcast in 2008.

Wired for War[edit]

Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (Penguin, 2009, ISBN 9781594201981) is a best-selling book by P. W. Singer. It explores how science fiction has started to play out on modern day battlefields, with robots used more and more in war. For the book research, Singer interviewed hundreds of robotics scientists, science fiction writers, soldiers, insurgents, politicians, lawyers, journalists, and human rights activists from around the world. Even before publication, the work had already been featured in the video game Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, as well as in presentations to audiences as diverse as the U.S. Army War College, Air Force Institute of Technology and the National Student Leadership Conference. Singer's 2009 book tour included stops on NPR's Fresh Air,[11] the Daily Show with Jon Stewart,[12] the opening of the TED conference, the Royal Court of the United Arab Emirates and presentations at 75 venues around the United States. The book was a non-fiction book of the year by the Financial Times and named to the official reading lists for the US Army US Air Force, US Navy, and Royal Australian Navy.

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know[edit]

Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know[13] (Oxford University Press, 2014, ISBN 9780199918096) is a book by P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman. The book explores how the Internet and cybersecurity works, why it matters, and what can be done. It was featured on Charlie Rose,[14] NPR's Fresh Air, CNBC Squawkbox, the SXSW conference, and named to the official reading lists for the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War[edit]

Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War[15][16] (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015, ISBN 0544142845) is Singer's first novel, co-written with August Cole. The book melds nonfiction style research on emerging trends and technology with a fictional exploration of what war at sea, on land, in the air, space, and cyberspace will be like in the future. Publishers Weekly described it: "Tom Clancy fans will relish Singer and Cole's first novel, a chilling vision of what might happen in a world war."[17] The release date is June 30, 2015 and Singer has done briefings in the Pentagon in advance of publication.[18]

LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media[edit]

LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media[19][20] (Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018, ISBN 9781328695741) is a book by P. W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking. The book examines the history of communications, the rise of open-source intelligence, the failed promise of cyber-utopianism, the advent of internet-based information warfare, and the growing political influence of Silicon Valley. Singer and Brooking identify a new mode of conflict, "LikeWar," in which competing viral phenomena influence the outcome of both military operations and political campaigns.[21] In a starred review, Booklist described it as, "required reading for everyone living in a democracy and all who aspire to."[22] The work has started a discussion in Washington D.C. as to whether the United States is ready for this type war.[23]

Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution[edit]

Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution[24][25] (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020, ISBN 9781328637239) is the second novel by Singer and August Cole. It is being published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.[26] As with Ghost Fleet, the book melds nonfiction style research on emerging trends and technology with a fictional technothriller revolving an FBI Agent teaming up with an experimental robotic partner to stop a series of escalating terrorist attacks in a near-future Washington, D.C.

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  1. ^ "Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence". Brookings Institution. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  2. ^ Rothkopf, David (2009-11-30). "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  3. ^ http://special.defensenews.com/people/2012/profile.php?pn=92. Retrieved 2015-05-22. Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  4. ^ "Cybersecurity 2015: Top 100 Influencers and Brands". onalytica.com. 2015-05-20.
  5. ^ "International Communications and Information Policy". 2009-2017.state.gov.
  6. ^ P.W. Singer Biography Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine, PWSinger.com
  7. ^ "U.S.–Islamic World Forum". Archived from the original on November 14, 2007. Retrieved 2013-12-29.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Interview: 'Black Ops II' consultant Peter Singer". USA Today. 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  9. ^ "Corporate Warriors". cornell.edu.
  10. ^ "Brookings Book Wins 2003 Lionel Gelber Prize". The Brookings Institution. 2 March 2004.
  11. ^ "'Wired For War' Explores Robots On The Battlefield". Fresh Air, WHYY. NPR. January 22, 2009. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  12. ^ "P.W. Singer - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". The Daily Show. Comedy Central. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2013-12-29.
  13. ^ "Cybersecurity and Cyberwar - P. W. Singer and Allan Friedman". cybersecuritybook.com.
  14. ^ "'Cybersecurity and Cyberwar': Peter W. Singer". Bloomberg.com.
  15. ^ "Ghost Fleet Book - A Novel of the Next World War". ghostfleetbook.com.
  16. ^ "Ghost Fleet". Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  17. ^ Singer, Peter Warren; Cole, August (2015). Fiction Book Review: Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War by P. W. Singer and August Cole. Publishers Weekly. ISBN 978-0-544-14284-8.
  18. ^ Nissenbaum, Dion, "Author Warns U.S. Military to Focus on China", Wall Street Journal, June 28, 2015. Retrieved 2015-06-29.
  19. ^ "LikeWar". LikeWar. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  20. ^ "Order LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media, ISBN: 1328695743 | HMH". www.hmhco.com. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  21. ^ Singer, P. W. (2018-10-04). "What Clausewitz Can Teach Us About War on Social Media". Foreign Affairs.
  22. ^ Pekoll, James. LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media, by P. W. Singer | Booklist Online. www.booklistonline.com. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  23. ^ "Why we're still not ready for 'like-war'". CyberScoop. October 9, 2018.
  24. ^ "BURN-IN – A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution". www.burninbook.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  25. ^ "Order Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution ISBN: 9781328637239 | HMH". www.hmhco.com. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  26. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Burn-Novel-Real-Robotic-Revolution/dp/1328637239

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