Featuring Admiral James Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman on March 31, 2021

Former military officers and award-winning authors Admiral James Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman have written a geopolitical thriller about an imagined naval clash between the U.S. and China in the South China Sea in 2034. Based upon “actual decisions already made,” the novel imagines how “a single technological leap forward” enables China to blind and bind our military. Jim Mattis’ review of the novel said, “…Jim Stavridis and Elliot Ackerman’s chilling novel presents a realistic series of miscalculations leading to the worst consequences. A sobering, cautionary tale for our time.”

Jay Young is moderating this conversation. Contributors' Circle members will be able to spend an extra 15 minutes of Q&A time with Admiral Stavridis.

James Stavridis is a four-star admiral whose 30 years in the U.S. Navy included postings as Supreme Allied Commander at NATO and Commander of U.S. Southern Command, where he led all U.S. military operations in Latin America. Admiral Stavridis is the author of nine books on the military and leadership. This is his first novel. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Tufts University, where he served as the dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy for five years.

Elliot Ackerman is an award-winning author and former marine who served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star for Valor, and the Purple Heart. He is former White House fellow and has written fiction and non-fiction books. His writing often appears in Esquire, The New Yorker and the New York Times, where he is a contributing opinion writer.

Jay T. Young began his career in the U.S. Government as a military analyst, serving on task forces for major military operations and authoring assessments on key issues in Latin America and the Persian Gulf. His long business career includes senior leadership positions in the management consulting, information technology services, and diversified manufacturing industries. He is currently the principal of Obsydian Consulting, LLC. Jay also served for 25 years in the U.S. Naval Reserve retiring as a Captain in 2018.

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