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August Cole

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Adjunct Fellow

Expertise: Defense industry; American Competitiveness; Disruptive dynamics in national security and the defense industry; Asia Pacific strategy; Military and intelligence contracting

August ColeAugust Cole is a writer, analyst and consultant specializing in national security issues.

He is a writer-in-residence at Avascent, an independent strategy and management consulting firm focused on the defense and aerospace sectors.

His fiction writing tackles themes at the core of American foreign policy and national security in the 21st Century, including the privatization of military and intelligence operations and the future of American power in the Pacific. From 2007 to 2010, August reported on the defense industry for the Wall Street Journal.

From 1998 to 2006, he worked as an editor and a reporter for, a financial news Web site.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Selected Work


ASP White Papers:

ASP: American Competitiveness: A matter of national security

ASP: Overcoming Asymmetric Risks in Space

ASP: The Next Space Race – Competition

ASP: National Security and America’s Space Challenge



Bloomberg BusinessWeek: For BAE-EADS deal to succeed, Congress is crucial

The Hill: Defense industry, strategy at a major crossroads

The Hill: Losing our competitiveness jeopardizes our national security

The Atlantic: The uncertain future of the military industrial complex







Recent Posts

Air Force panel needs to push past status quo with space launch

Posted on: May 21st, 2014

Resiliency in national security space policy – event review

Posted on: May 9th, 2014

Space – innovation and adaptation

Posted on: May 7th, 2014

A week of change in the space sector portends bigger shifts to come

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014

No doubts at the Boston Marathon

Posted on: April 22nd, 2014

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