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The Defense Wonks Who Just Killed the White Paper

P.W. Singer

By Rob Kunzig (original source Morning Consult) 

“As Washington suffered through a muggy Monday commute, Peter Warren Singer was telling America’s top-ranking general about his novel.

He wouldn’t say exactly what he discussed with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but it probably had something to do with World War III – something Singer specializes in, albeit fictionally.

With friend and co-author August Cole, Singer wrote “Ghost Fleet,” a thriller that imagines a shooting war between a weakened U.S. and an ascendant China. What began as an affection for Tom Clancy novels and defense wonkery is now in its fifth printing as dog-eared copies are passed along the corridors of power, from the Pentagon to Capitol Hill.”

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