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GHOST FLEET

What would World War III look like? Join New America NYC for a conversation with P. W. Singer and August Cole on what an imagination of the future of national security means for the reality of today.

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GHOST FLEET

EVENT June 30, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:15 PM

Tuesday June 30, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:15 PM


[u'156 Fifth Avenue, Second Floor', u'New York, NY 10010']

What would World War III look like? Join New America NYC for a conversation with P. W. Singer and August Cole on what an imagination of the future of national security means for the reality of today.

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Team of Teams

EVENT July 02, 2015 03:00 PM– 04:30 PM

Thursday July 02, 2015

03:00 PM – 04:30 PM


[u'1899 L Street NW, Suite 400', u'Washington, DC, 20036']

In the new book Team of Teams, General McChrystal and his coauthors, David Silverman and Chris Fussell, show how the challenges they faced in Iraq, Afghanistan, and over a decade of special operations missions around the globe can be relevant to businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations here at home.

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THE LOOK OF SILENCE

EVENT July 07, 2015 06:30 PM– 08:30 PM

Tuesday July 07, 2015

06:30 PM – 08:30 PM


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Join New America NYC for a screening of The Look of Silence and a conversation with the film's director and leading legal scholars and journalists on achieving both the small acts of healing and the large objectives of justice in Indonesia and across the international community.

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Paving the Way for Work

EVENT July 08, 2015 12:15 PM– 01:45 PM

Wednesday July 08, 2015

12:15 PM – 01:45 PM


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How can we spur job creation in America? What is the best way to help part time workers? Millions of Americans are working fewer hours than they would like or need. While the unemployment rate has fallen since the end of the Great Recession, too many Americans need more hours than they are able to find.

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book | June 30, 2015 | Cybersecurity Initiative

Ghost Fleet

A Novel of the Next World War

Summary

The United States, China, and Russia eye each other across a twenty-first century version of the Cold War, which suddenly heats up at sea, on land, in the air, in outer space, and in cyberspace. The fighting involves everything from stealthy robotic–drone strikes to old warships from the ...

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in the news | June 29, 2015 | Future of War

Author Warns U.S. to Focus on China

Mr. Singer pointed out to the Air Force leadership that the opening scene of “Ghost Fleet,” featuring a showdown between a U.S. P-8 plane monitoring Chinese ships, played out in real life last month in an increasingly concerning dispute over islands in the South China Sea.“War is not just revolutionary, it’s evolutionary,” he said. “It’s survival of the fittest. And the real world is moving in such a way as to make this book potentially a work of prediction, which I’d rather never come true.”

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in the news | June 29, 2015 | Future of War

Catching One Nazi Became his Life

I’ve been meeting and corresponding with Smith, on his own time and not in his official capacity, for the past 13 months. He stands six-foot-five and is built like a linebacker, with a youthful, almost innocent-looking face that can’t hide the shock and outrage he feels with each new discovery of some atrocity. He shared with me the bulk of his many thousands of pages on the Oradour killings. Smith is convinced that his grandfather’s account is the only documented testimony by an American serviceman of the massacre. And he thinks that Murphy’s statement, along with a cache of U.S. military and intelligence reports that Smith has found and that were never used in a criminal trial, can help prove Christukat's guilt, as well as a pattern of abuse by his unit and other German soldiers.

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in the news | June 29, 2015 | Future of War

From Unmanned Fighters to Orbital Lasers, How the U.S. and China Could Fight a War

If the United States and China ever got into a shooting war, it might look a lot like "Ghost Fleet," a new book co-written by Washington think-tankers. Set up as a novel told from the perspective of, alternately, a Navy captain, a U.S. Marine-turned-insurgent and an occupying Russian official, among others, "Ghost Fleet" explores how our military's reliance on digital technology is both an asset and a liability. I spoke last week to co-author P.W. Singer, a researcher at the New America Foundation who studies the future of warfare. Here's an edited transcript of our conversation.

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in the news | June 29, 2015 | Open Technology Institute

Securing the Internet Commons

Decoupling sovereignty from territory is hard to do, particularly after Snowden showed the world just how far one country’s technological tentacles can reach. Still, the larger lesson is that differentiating between national security and global security in the digital world may be both impossible and deeply counter-productive. We need new maps and mindsets and new coalitions of business, civic activists, and all those who understand that national security must include the protection of privacy and freedom of expression. And we need new ways to engage both governments and citizens in a new, exhilarating, dangerous, and still largely unexplored world.

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in the news | June 28, 2015 | Fellows

The Audacity of Obama

Julian Zelizer, a history professor at Princeton University and LBJ scholar, said while Obama and Clinton do risk “that some Democrats might shift to the GOP because the changes with same-sex marriage are too much for them,” compared to the 1960s, “my guess is the exodus will be much less severe.”

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in the news | June 26, 2015 | Fellows

Does Albany's 2015 Ending Mean Progressive Window is Closed?

As the legislative season was playing out, a book by Julian Zelizer called "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress and the Battle for the Great Society," was getting a lot of play. It's an excellent book because it picks apart a prevailing myth of popular history—namely that the 1960s were a decade of irresistible liberal dominance personified by a president who happened to be a brilliant legislative strategist. That combination gave us civil rights and the Great Society. Or so it is told.What Zelizer demonstrates very convincingly is that, as was the case for Franklin Roosevelt during the New Deal and for Barack Obama after his first election, Johnson enjoyed a very short period during which deeply progressive policies were possible. Even then, none of the victories were cakewalks—they required tough negotiation and painful compromises.

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in the news | June 26, 2015 | Fellows

Liberals Win Big

As Americans start thinking about who should be the next president, the Supreme Court protected an older liberal program, legitimated a recent liberal accomplishment, and inscribed a new civil right across the land.If liberalism is a dirty word, this Supreme Court surprisingly didn't hear the news. When historians look back at what happened in 2015, they will point to these pivotal decisions as a turning point.

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