As cyber-warfare becomes more and more common, the jobs of US military members are changing accordingly. Photo credit: Wikimedia Foundation

As countries launch cyber attacks on each other constantly, online soldiers are becoming increasingly important to militaries around the world.

From setting the thermostat in our homes to the collection of intelligence on international allies; from the way we communicate and meet people to the questionably legal surveillance of American citizens, there’s virtually no aspect of modern life left untouched by the Internet. Global warfare is no exception.

It’s no surprise then that a core of America’s military and its defensive capability is also wrapped up in the world of cyber warfare and cyber security. It’s become the “fifth domain” of warfare for the US military, (alongside land, sea, air, and space).

Eisenhower may have admonished us to beware of the Military Industrial Complex (MIC), but today the MIC has grown even larger as the military forms new alliances with tech and finance to patrol cyberspace. Even so, it could not prevent several recent hacking incidents involving files pertinent to US government employees and officials.

Reporter Shane Harris, the author of @War, talks to WhoWhatWhy‘s Jeff Schechtman about recent developments.



  • Jeff Schechtman

    Jeff Schechtman’s career spans movies, radio stations and podcasts. After spending twenty-five years in the motion picture industry as a producer and executive, he immersed himself in journalism, radio, and more recently the world of podcasts. To date he has conducted over ten-thousand interviews with authors, journalists, and thought leaders. Since March of 2015, he has conducted over 315 podcasts for

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