The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex

The future of American warfare is already here. From government agencies joining with tech giants like Google and Facebook to collect vast amounts of user data, to the use of hacker teams as part of the Iraq “surge”, cyber space has become the “fifth domain” of American warfare.

We spoke with  Shane Harris, author of the new book @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex, and editor Nicholas Thompson, about America’s military-internet complex and its implications for our security and privacy.


Shane Harris is a fellow with the International Security program at New America and a member of its Future of War team. He is a senior correspondent at The Daily Beast, and the author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex.

Nicholas Thompson was a Future Tense fellow. He is a senior editor at the New Yorker, a contributing editor at Bloomberg Television and CNN International, and the author of The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War.