Speaking to the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command

August 24th, 2016

Last month I took part in a ‘Mad Scientist’ conference hosted by the U.S. Army. The point was to try to prepare for the battlefield of the future. The opinions I expressed are mine and mine alone.

Max Brooks at the ‘Mad Scientist’ Conference

Germ Warfare

May 31st, 2016

A new article for The New York Daily News: Imagine the Zika virus as a terror weapon

On Michael Ian Black’s Podcast “How to be Amazing”

May 13th, 2016

How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black – Episode #30 Max Brooks

Tomorrow’s smart minefields, a new article for the Modern War Institute

May 11th, 2016

Preparing for the ‘Pure Risk’ of Tomorrow’s Smart Minefields

A Marine’s Message

May 5th, 2016

Just returned from the Atlantic Council Global Strategy Forum and the best part was a note given to me by a young Marine officer named Angelica. Here’s a part of it.

“Being a Marine, surrounded by Marines, I forget that we are unusual. I forget that most Americans don’t know how the setting sun colors the endless sky in the middle of the Afghan desert or what the tiny sand particles feel like as they crash onto your face in the middle of a suffocating sandstorm. Most Americans wouldn’t recognize the sound that bullets make as they fly all around you or that feeling you get in your stomach and in your heart when you truly don’t know if you’ll get to complain about evening chow. I rarely allow myself to wonder if society thinks about us and our experiences.”

The Coming Robot War – And It’s Not With Robots

April 26th, 2016

My first article as a non-resident fellow at the Modern War Institute:

The Coming Robot War – And It’s Not With Robots

Michigan Q&A Event this Thursday 11/12 for CommuniTeen Read‬

November 10th, 2015

I’ll be in Portage, Michigan for a ‪#‎CommuniTeenRead‬ event this Thursday 11/12. The special presentation, Q&A and book signing will take place at Portage Central High School at 7pm and the entire event is free and open to the public.

(More information.)


July 8th, 2015

Two weeks ago I took part in a forum at the Atlantic Council (Video: Envisioning the Future of Urban Warfare) and during our conversation I mentioned the book “Tambora: The Eruption that Changed the World”, but completely blanked on the author’s name. He is Gillen D’Arcy Wood and his book explores the effects of one remote island volcanic eruption and the entire course of human civilization. I could not recommend it more.

Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World – by Gillen D’Arcy Wood

Harlem Hellfighter (finally) gets his Medal of Honor

May 18th, 2015

After almost 100 years, war hero Henry Johnson is about to receive the Medal of Honor.

During World War I he saved a buddy from being captured while single-handedly fighting off an entire German raiding party! The French pinned a medal on him immediately while the Americans wouldn’t even recognize his heroism until 2002. If he’d been white, he’d be as famous as Sergeant York or Audie Murphy. Now, finally, Henry Johnson gets the respect and gratitude he deserves.

NYC Educators Event

November 21st, 2014