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Shane Harris


Shane Harris is an author and magazine journalist who writes about national security issues. His book The Watchers (Penguin Press, 2010) is the story of five men who played central roles in creating a vast national security apparatus and the ensuing rise of surveillance in America. The Watchers won the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism; Harris received the 2010 Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. He has been a four-time finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which honor the best journalists in America under the age of thirty-five. He is currently a senior writer at Washingtonian magazine.

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Recent Commentary

Emerging Threats: Out of the Loop: The Human-free Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

by Shane Harrisvia Analysis
Sunday, January 19, 2014

As aircraft and weapons have become more precise, human beings have become less essential to the conduct of war. 

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Our Robot Children

by Shane Harrisvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2013

At what point will we trust robots to kill? By Shane Harris.

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The Brave New Battlefield

by Shane Harrisvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

With the rise of drones, human beings may no longer be essential to the conduct of war.

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The Brave New Battlefield

by Shane Harrisvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Emerging Threats

by Gabriella Blum, Shane Harris, Jeremy Rabkin, Paul Rosenzweigvia Analysis
Friday, June 1, 2012

This online series of essays grows out of the work of the Hoover Institution’s Koret-Taube Task Force on National Security and Law. The essays reflect the task force’s determination to seek out and publish thoughtful and timely writings by leading scholars, policy analysts, and journalists on emerging national security threats and the daunting legal challenges they present.