Strategy Strikes Back authors Lt. Col. Matt Cavanaugh, Max Brooks, August Cole, and Steve Leonard join Gadi and Karen to discuss Star Wars and modern military conflict. In the book, they made understanding strategy fun by the use of a common global language – The love of Star Wars. We’ll be happy to share that love with them.
This Saturday, May 1st, at 3 PM US Eastern Time.
About the participants
- Lt. Col. Matt Cavanaugh‘s impressive career highlights include earning West Point’s Apgar Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014, serving as an Associate Fellow with the Royal United Services Institute (UK), serving on the Advisory Council for the Wounded Warrior Project, serving as a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations and co-founding the Military Writers Guild. He co-wrote and co-edited two volumes with Max Brooks, Strategy Strikes Back and Winning Westeros.
- Max Brooks‘s extensive works encourage adaptability to adversity, mental agility and flexibility. His best-selling book, World War Z (and the 2013 hit Brad Pitt movie), inspired the U.S. military to examine how it prepares for future warfare. He has spoken at the Naval War College, FEMA, and countless other government agencies. His book was the inspiration for the 2013 hit film starring Brad Pitt. He is a Senior Fellow at the West Point Modem War Institute and the Brent Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security.
- August Cole is an author exploring the future of conflict through fiction and other forms of “FICINT” [Fictional Intelligence] storytelling. His talks, short stories, and workshops have taken him from speaking at the Nobel Institute in Oslo to presenting on future warfare at SXSW Interactive to lecturing at West Point. With Peter W. Singer, he is the co-author of the best-seller “Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War” (2015) and “Burn In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution” (2020).
- Steve Leonard serves as the Director of Assessments for the University of Kansas School of Business, where he is an award-winning faculty member and chairs graduate programs in Organizational Leadership and Supply Chain Management. A former senior military strategist and the creative force behind the defense microblog, Doctrine Man!!, he is a career writer and speaker with a passion for developing and mentoring the next generation of thought leaders.
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