Singer is a leading thinker on the the future of warfare in the 21st century


May 25, 2017

Norwich University continues its 2017 Todd Lecture Series with “NextTech: The Future of Technology, Security, and Threats,” a presentation by best-selling author and futurist Peter Warren Singer on Wednesday, June 21 2017, at 7 p.m. in Plumley Armory.

This lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live at A book signing will follow the lecture.

Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, the author of multiple books, and a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine. He has been named by the Smithsonian Institution-National Portrait Gallery as one of the 100 "leading innovators in the nation;" by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues; by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the 10 most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity and 25th most influential in the field of robotics; and to Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers List.

Described in the Wall Street Journal as "the premier futurist in the national security environment," Singer is considered one of the world's leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare, with more books on the military professional reading lists than any other author, living or dead. He has consulted for the U.S. Military, Defense Intelligence Agency, and FBI, as well as advised a range of entertainment programs, including for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Universal, HBO, Discovery, History Channel, and the video game series, Call of Duty. He served as coordinator of the Obama 2008 campaign's defense policy task force and was named by the President of the United States to the U.S. Military's Transformation Advisory Group. He has provided commentary on security issues for nearly every major TV and radio outlet. In addition to his work on conflict issues, Singer served as a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.

Singer's award-winning books include “Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry;” “Children at War;” “Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century;” and “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know.” His latest book is “Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War;” a techno-thriller crossed with nonfiction research.

Previously, Singer has served as the founding Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution. He was the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings' 101-year history. He also served as the founding Director of the Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World, where he was the organizer of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a global leaders conference. He has also worked for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard.

He received a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard and a BA from the Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.

Singer’s lecture is the keynote presentation for this year’s annual residency conference of 755 students representing 11 online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs at Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Gathering from across the country and around the globe under the theme of “Leading Today, Inspiring Tomorrow,” these Norwich students will come together for a week of capstone and culminating academic work and conferences.

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of retired U.S. Army Major General Russell Todd and his late wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. General Todd, a 1950 graduate of the university, also serves as president emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings national thought leaders from business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other fields and endeavors to its Northfield campus. Lectures are streamed live at

For more information, please visit the Todd Lecture Series website ( or call (802) 485-2633.

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