Creating Foresight-Fueled Action: Dr. Jake Sotiriadis

Originally recorded July 11, 2021

In this interview, Dr. Jake Sotiriadis speaks with The Futures School Co-Founder Frank Spencer. Join them to take a deeper dive into topics including:

  • People-oriented futures within national security and geopolitical affairs
  • Indigenous politics and the use of different ways of modeling the future
  • Differentiating complexity from complication
  • The impacts of national biases and assumptions
  • The need for all government branches, social initiatives, and corporations to embody futurist traits


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Dr. Jake Sotiriadis

United State’s Air Force Senior Futurist at the Pentagon in Washington, DC

Dr. Jake Sotiriadis is a global futurist and expert in intelligence and geopolitical risk. He is currently the United States Air Force’s senior futurist at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, where he leads a team that advises the department’s senior leaders in developing anticipatory thinking and breakthrough innovations.

He has served nearly two decades as an Air Force officer, with strategic portfolios that include: advisor to the US Ambassador to Germany, Deputy Chief of the Weapons & Space Division at National Security Agency Hawaii, and lead China planner in the Air Force’s strategy directorate.

He holds a Ph.D. in political science and geopolitical futures from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, a Master of Arts in international affairs from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, a Master of Philosophy in military strategy from the US Air Force’s School of Advanced Air & Space Studies, a Master of Military Operational Art & Science from the Air Command and Staff College, and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from Norwich University. His work as a thought leader has been featured internationally in: The National Interest, The Diplomat, Defense News, C4ISR Journal, China-US Focus, Greece’s Kathimerini, the Middle East Institute, MIT Political Science News, the Futurist Institute, the Future Today Institute, and the Delphi Economic Forum.  He is a regular speaker on strategic foresight, global affairs, and national security.