Residency Conference

Residency Conference Keynote

2017 Residency Conference Keynote

Norwich University hosted author and futurist P.W. Singer as the 2017 College of Graduate and Continuing Studies Residency Conference keynote speaker for a talk on “NextTech: The Future of Technology, Security, and Threats” on Wednesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Plumley Armory. Singer is a strategist and senior fellow at New America. The author of multiple award-winning books, he is considered one of the world’s leading experts on 21st century security issues.

He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation's 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, and by Onalytica market research as one of the ten most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity.

Peter's award winning books include Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Children at War, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century; and Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know. His latest is Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, a techno thriller crossed with nonfiction research, which has been endorsed by people who range from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to the co-inventor of the Internet to the writer of HBO Game of Thrones.

Singer is a contributing editor at Popular Science magazine and the founder of NeoLuddite, a technology advisory firm. He has worked as a consultant for the US military, Defense Intelligence Agency, and FBI, as well as advised a wide-range of technology and entertainment programs, including for Warner Brothers, Dreamworks, Universal, HBO, and the video game series Call of Duty, the best-selling entertainment project in history. He is a member of the US State Department's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.

His past work include serving as coordinator of the Obama-08 campaign's defense policy task force, in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as the founding director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings, where he was the youngest person named senior fellow in its 100 year history.

Singer will be available for a book signing after his address in June 2017. His current list of books are available here.

The 2017 Residency Conference Keynote is part of Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series. Since 2008, the Todd Lecture Series has brought revered, provocative and surprising speakers to campus. With a single guest in the fall, a series of lectures in the spring and one in the summer—each selected and hosted by an academic college—each year the series covers a variety of themes while remaining free and open to the public and the students, faculty, and staff.

Past Residency Keynote Speakers:

2017
Peter Singer, Senior Fellow at New America, Author (watch lecture)

2016
Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace (watch lecture)

2015
U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark Bowman, Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber & Chief Information Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff (watch lecture)

2014
Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State (watch lecture)