Shane Harris

Fellow, International Security Program

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, where he covers national security, intelligence, and cyber security, as well as the author of @War: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex which explores the frontlines of America’s new cyber war. He is also the winner of the 2010 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He has four times been named a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honors the best journalists in America under the age of 35.

Prior to joining The Daily Beast, Shane was a senior writer at Foreign Policy magazine and, before that, at the Washingtonian magazine, where he was part of the team that won the publication its 2011 award for Excellence in Writing from the City and Regional Magazine Association. In 2012, the Washingtonian won the coveted General Excellence award for the print magazine and Web site, where Shane wrote a blog on national security called Dead Drop.

Shane graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Politics in 1998. He is also a fiction writer. While living in Los Angeles, he helped found and served as the artistic director of a sketch comedy troupe. Shane is a Sundance Film Festival screenwriting finalist.


All Work

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
‘They’re Being Tortured’: U.S. Ally Accused of Abusing ISIS Prisoners

ISIS fighters taken with the help of U.S. special forces are allegedly being tortured by America’s Kurdish allies. But don’t expect the U.S.


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Analysts Accuse CENTCOM of Covering Up Cooked ISIS Intelligence

Allegations are mounting that senior intelligence officials at Central Command not only skewed findings on the ISIS war to please D.C., but


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
The ISIS Poster Boy for Paris Attack is No ‘Mastermind’

Shane Harris writes that Belgian fanatic Abdelhamid Abaaoud has been named as the brains behind the Paris terror attacks. In truth, he is li


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
U.S. Thinks ISIS Brought Down Russian Jet, but Bomb Photo Still a Mystery

Shane Harris writes that the White House said it’s ‘likely’ terrorists brought down the plane. U.S. officials don’t entirely buy the terrori


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
This Is ISIS’s New Favorite App for Secret Messages

Shane Harris on how the terror group is pushing a new way to communicate quietly after the Paris attacks. It’s called Telegram.


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Revenge From Above: France Pounds ISIS Capital

Shane Harris writes that Sunday’s assault on Raqqa could be a preview of a much more extensive campaign. But the question is: Will the airst


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
The Hunt for ISIS’ French Chief ‘Executioner’

He trained French citizens to be ISIS terrorists, and was tight with the Charlie Hebdo killers. Now, Salim Benghalem is on the short list of


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
U.S. Baffled by Russian Jet ‘Bombing’

Shane Harris on how investigators still can’t figure out how Metrojet 9268 was taken down—leading some U.S. intelligence officials to believ


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
Inside the Party for America’s Finest Spies

At the annual gala which celebrates the Office of Strategic Services, the World War II espionage outfit that birthed the modern U.S. intelli


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
U.S. Spies Root for an ISIS-Russia War

Six U.S. intelligence and military officials tell The Daily Beast that they hope an apparent ISIS attack on Metrojet Flight 9268 would force


INTERNATIONAL SECURITY and NEW AMERICA
ISIS’s ‘Most Potent’ Crew Is Now in Sinai—and Says It Bombed Russia’s Jet

The terrorists claiming they took down Metrojet Flight 9268 aren’t some run-of-the-mill jihadi crew but ‘one of the most active and potent I


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US SOCOM Commander's Reading List 2016

Books written by Michael Waltz, David Kilcullen, Shane Harris, Chris Fussell, and Peter Singer all appeared on the SOCOM Commander's Reading