A noted public speaker, Singer has given keynote speeches and briefings at a diverse range of venues, including: The White House Situation Room, Pentagon, NSA, CIA, DIA, FBI, US Congress, the Royal Court of the UAE, Australian Parliament, TED, South by SouthWest, Microsoft Leadership Summit, Google, “Geek Week”, the “Mad Scientist” conference, Sydney Opera House, and the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
Testimony to House Oversight Committee on Cybersecurity (Video)
Strategist and Senior Fellow Peter W. Singer testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Joint IT and National Security Subcommittee hearing on “Digital Acts of War”, sharing thoughts on cybersecurity and deterrence.
Comments from Previous Speaking Events
“Peter W. Singer was a wonderful addition to our university lecture series. His presentation was engaging, thought provoking and a perfect fit to our conference theme of “Leading Today, Inspiring Tomorrow.” Our university leadership, trustees and fellows, graduate students, faculty and guests all found his lecture riveting.”
Event Planner, University
“Peter was excellent, well received and extremely easy to work with…slightly terrifying – clearly brilliant and extremely knowledgeable and insightful”
Business Leaders conference organizer
“Singer’s presentation, titled NextTech: The Future of Technology, Security, and Threats, was engaging, energetic, and most importantly, thought provoking. The feedback from our audience was overwhelming. Peter received an average rating of 4.6/5 – the highest rated presentation of the conference….PW’s visual presentation materials were well planned and aesthetically pleasing. His speech posed difficult questions while still entertaining the crowd. PW’s demeanor and presentation style were an ideal kick-off to our event.”
Convention organizer for non-profit association
“Singer really showed us that we were only scratching the surface of what we should be thinking about in the future. After listening to him, we have never been able to look at the world the same way again.”
Head of Game Developer Studio
“You were awesome. I only worry that the students will expect this high quality in all my events. A good problem to worry about.”
University speaker series organizer
“Okay, I’m just going to be honest with you. I didn’t have much interest toward your presentation. I skimmed through one of your articles 10 minutes before you spoke to us. My plan was to secretly watch the March Madness while you talked to us, but with in the first three minutes I shut my MacBook because I was hooked. I learned a lot about the growth of technology over time, it was very interesting. And I have to give you props for keeping 200 high school students focused for more than an hour. After your presentation, I immediately started reading more of your articles. So thank you.”
High School Student
“Given the midshipmenÂ’s dense schedules and technological bent, required weekday lectures on ethics are sometimes a tough sell, but the response has been unprecedented! Best lecture ever has been the consistent feedback from students faculty, and staff alike.”
Director, US Naval Academy Center for Ethical Leadership
“Simply outstanding…One of our best sessions in recent memory. Both right and left seemed more than satisfied (could be a first!).”
Foreign affairs committee organizer
Your thoughts on changes in 21st century warfare and shifts in power bases were thought provoking and a key aspect in a very successful Summit! You helped facilitate important discussions that lasted throughout the week.
US Air Force Major General
“Outstanding feedback across the board–students, staff, faculty. Heard “best lecture ever” several times today from my students. Great job!”
Over the past several years, Dr. Singer has become a frequent and welcome guest here in our senior professional military education community. His unique insights bring great value to the thinking of our future senior leaders in the national security establishment, in what is invariably a highly rewarding learning experience.
Commandant, National Defense University
“The group really enjoyed your talk and wished they could have spent more time with you (always a good sign for the program planner!). They were truly honored that an individual of your stature would share leadership insights with them. And, the real world experiences you shared reinforced the learning objectives of the course. Your presentation was a highlight of the course, and I hope you might continue to speak at our programs.”
Executive Education course organizer
“The comments I’ve received so far are all positive, if not entirely enthusiastic. You left a real impact. In fact, don’t be surprised if we look for you again next year.”
University Conference organizer
“Thank you for giving our group the best presentation we have ever had on a very timely topic.”
US Army Colonel
“Your talk was a big hit – and a week later the students are still wrestling with your comments.”
Commandant of Air Force Institute of Technology
You were one of their favorite speakers by far – they were very interested in the information you presented, which was all new to them and got them energized for everything they would learn at the program. I couldn’Â’t have asked for a better first speaker.
National High School Student Leader Conference Organizer
Potential Speaking Topics
Likewar: How Social Media is changing the world…and how the world is changing social media.
Terrorists livestream their attacks, “Twitter wars” sell music albums and produce real-world casualties, and viral misinformation alters not just the result of battles, but the very fate of nations. The result is that war, tech, and politics have blurred into a new kind of battlespace that plays out on our smartphones. P. W. Singer is the author of LikeWar, a new book that has been lauded by figures as diverse as the creator of the Internet, the director of the CIA, and the producer of The Purge movies. For five years, he researched how social media works and what was its effect on the news, politics, and war, crossing examples that ranged from how ISIS copies the Instagram tactics of Taylor Swift, a former World of Warcraft addict foils war crimes thousands of miles away, internet trolls shape elections, and China uses a smartphone app to police the thoughts of 1.4 billion citizens. Singer’s work uncovers questions that range from how and why things go viral, to the new rules of power in the age of social media to exactly what can we all do to navigate our way through a world increasingly shaped by “likes” and lies.
The CyberThreatscape: What are the Key Trends in Cybersecurity
From ransomware to the collapse of cyber deterrence, a series of new threats are changing the cybersecurity landscape. A best selling author described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists,” and a consultant for groups that range from the CIA and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to Hollywood, Singer uses an exciting speaking style to explore for an audience the key trends emerging today that will shape the world of cybersecurity tomorrow.
NextTech: The Future of Technology, Security, and Threats
Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Cyberwar, 3D printing, bio-enhancements, and a new geopolitical competition; the 21st century is being shaped by a range of exciting, and scary, new trends and technologies. A best selling author described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists,” and a consultant for groups that range from the CIA and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to Hollywood and the Call of Duty video game series, Singer uses an exciting speaking style to explore for an audience the key trends emerging today that will shape the world of technology and security tomorrow.
Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know
There is no issue more important and yet less understood today than Cybersecurity. Our entire way of life, from communication to commerce to conflict, fundamentally depends on the Internet. The cybersecurity issues that result literally challenge everyone: politicians who wrestle with issues from cybercrime to online freedom; military generals protecting the nation from new forms of attack, while planning cyberwars,: business executives defending firms from once unimaginable threats, lawyers and ethicists building new framework for right and wrong. Most of all, cybersecurity challenges us as individuals, parents, and citizens. The author of a book described by the chairman of Google as “an essential read” and by the head of NATO as “the most approachable and readable book ever written on the cyber world,” Singer takes the audience through the key issues and questions that we all need to better understand: What is happening? What does it mean? And, most importantly, what can we do?
Imagining the Future: Ghost Fleet and Its Real World Lessons
Peter W. Singer is a best selling author and consultant for groups that range from the US military to Hollywood, whose recent book Ghost Fleet (ghostfleetbook.com) broke new ground in creating the genre of what has been called “useful fiction.” It blended the style of a technothriller with nonfiction style research, leading to a learning experience that is both “a wild book, a real page turner” (the Economist) and “a modern-day successor to tomes such as The Hunt For Red October from the late Tom Clancy” (USA Today), but also packed with lessons of the future of technology, geopolitics, and security. Described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of Washington’s pre-eminent futurists,” Singer has been invited to brief the approach and lessons of the book to groups that range from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to Congress and CEO summits.