WASHINGTON, DC – On November 19th, Avascent’s writer-in-residence August Cole published “America’s Overlooked Strategic Asset: Artists” in defense blog War on the Rocks, in partnership with the Atlantic Council’s Art of Future Warfare initiative.
Video games, graphic novels, and movies…are setting expectations for a generation that will come of military age when today’s dreams are tomorrow’s standard issue.”–August Cole
The U.S. national security establishment currently faces a world in which armed conflicts are unpredictable, lack structure, involve state and non-state actors, and include increasingly disruptive technologies. The Art of Future Warfare initiative believes that artists could be invaluable contributors to the national security strategy planning debate. “(Artists) use what they know but are not bound by it. This approach and a risk-taking nature, help bypass process and tradition….Many in the defense community are open to this kind of thinking and see the artistry in mission planning or the value in teaching design theory to America’s elite forces.”
Citing examples like Max Brooks’ World War Z, and the Iron Man suit from Legacy Effects (a version of which is now being developed for the military), Cole calls for more cross-cutting relationships between the artistic and defense communities.
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