Wikistrat Expert August Cole

August Cole

Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project

August Cole is a writer and analyst specializing in national security issues. He divides his time between fiction and non-fiction projects, drawing on his experience covering the defense sector as a journalist. His work regularly explores larger narratives about the nature of U.S. power in the 21st Century, and how the public and private sector wield it. He is also interested in future military technologies as well as the long-term strategic implications of current foreign policy and military plans.

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August is an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project, a non-partisan think tank, where he focuses on defense industry issues. August is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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 helped break many major national security stories, including foreign cyber spies hacking into the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter program, major defense contractors doing “Smart Power” development work in Africa, U.S. sales of F-16 fighters to Iraq and a Blackwater civilian shooting incident in Afghanistan. He has discussed his reporting on CNBC, The John Batchelor Show, PRI’s The World, To The Point With Warren Olney and NPR’s Day to Day.

From 1998 to 2006, he worked as an editor and a reporter for, a financial news Web site, where he began covering defense issues, including private military contractors. He also has extensive experience writing about the automotive and airline industries, as well as the Internet economy. August was named to The Journal of Financial Reporting’s Top 30 Journalists Under 30 in 2002 and 2003.

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August Cole is a Senior Analyst at Wikistrat’s Analytic Community

Academic Qualifications:
Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career), John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2007
Bachelor of Arts, Diplomatic History and French, University of Pennsylvania, 1997

Areas of Expertise:
Defense industrial policy
Military and intelligence contracting
Government contracting oversight
“Smart Power”
Defense procurement politics
Geopolitical impact on financial markets


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