Peter Warren Singer is Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for
21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution.
He is the youngest scholar named Senior Fellow in Brookings's 95-year
history. He has been named by CNN to their "New Guard" List of the
Next Generation of Newsmakers, by the Smithsonian Institution-National
Portrait Gallery as one of the 100 “leading innovators in the nation,”
by the Turner Broadcasting series "26 People to Save the World," by
Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense
issues, and by Foreign Policy Magazine to their Top 100 Global Thinkers
List, of the people whose ideas most influenced the world that year.
In his personal capacity, Singer served as coordinator
of the Obama-08 campaign’s defense policy task force. He has
also worked as a consultant for the US Department of Defense and
FBI, and has advised a host of entertainment programs, including
for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Universal, HBO, the TV series The
West Wing, 24, Curiosity, and Strikeback, and the video game series
Call of Duty, the best-selling entertainment project in history.
He has received awards/support from the Tribeca Film Institute,
Sloan Filmmakers Fund, Film Independent, and FAST Track at the L.A.
Dr. Singer is considered one of
the world's leading experts on changes in 21st century warfare.
He was named by the President to the US Military’s Transformation
Advisory Group. He is a columnist for Armed Forces Journal and has
written for media outlets that range from the Newsweek to Weltpolitik.
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 60 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.
His first book Corporate
Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry
(Cornell University Press) pioneered the study of 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. It 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, 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. Singer advised the
U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Defense, CIA, and the European
Union on the issue and helped bring to light the role of private
contractors in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and the Halliburton
controversies in Iraq.
Dr. Singer’s next book, Children
at War (Pantheon) 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. Singer 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
History Channel documentary, "Child Warriors," won a 2008
CINE Golden Eagle Award for excellence in the production of film,
television, video and new media.
Dr. Singer’s most recent book, Wired
for War (Penguin), looks at the implications of robotics
and other new technologies for war, politics, ethics, and law in
the 21st century. Described as “awesome” by Jon Stewart
of the Daily Show, Wired for War made the NY 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 and featured at venues as diverse
as all three US military academies, the US Congress, The Festival
of Dangerous Ideas, TED, and the royal court of the UAE. The book
has also been made an official reading of the National Defense University,
US Air Force, US Navy, and 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, where was a founding
organizer of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a global leaders conference.
He has also worked for the Belfer Center for Science and International
Affairs at Harvard, 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
Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
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